Fandor
TypeSubscription film streaming service, video sharing platform
FoundedMarch 2011
HeadquartersNew York City, New York, United States
Key people
Philip Hopkins (President)
ParentOur Film Festival, Inc. (2011-2021)
Cinedigm (2021-present)
Websitewww.fandor.com

Fandor is an American subscription film streaming service dedicated to elevating independent cinema.

Fandor "specializes in independent films, classics, silent films, foreign films, documentaries and shorts". Most of Fandor's more than 6,000 films are outside mainstream channels and hail from a variety of cultures, time periods, and genres.[1]

Fandor is available to stream in the United States and Canada on web, iOS, Android, and Roku. Fandor is also available to Amazon Prime members as an add-on channel.

Keyframe, Fandor's digital editorial hub, is a home of film reviews, criticism, interviews, and video essays from film experts and enthusiasts from around the globe.

In 2021, Cinedigm acquired Fandor and rebooted the site, under leadership of The Film Detective founder, Philip Hopkins.[2]

Fandor Exclusives

In addition to over 1,000 film, episodic, and short titles, the Fandor streaming service offers exclusive films to premium subscribers. On December 1, Fandor released Distancing Socially, the comedy film from director Chris Blake, which stars Alan Tudyk, Sarah Levy, Rory Scovel, Jessika Van, Melanie Chandra, Connor Paolo, Andy Buckley, and Jim O'Heir. Also released on December 1 was the psychological thriller Into Schrödinger's Box from directors Amir Ganjavie and Nasim Naghavi. Earlier Fandor exclusives released in 2021 include documentaries Opeka from director Cam Cowan about Nobel Peace Prize nominee Father Pedro Opeka and The River from director Rick Walters as well as the family drama from director Bradley Grant Smith, Our Father, which made its worldwide premiere at South by Southwest earlier in 2021.

The Fandor Festival Podcast

In 2021, Fandor launched the Fandor Festival Podcast, featuring interviews with festival winners, directors, and behind the scenes looks, with a focus on Independent Film Festival coverage. The Fandor Festival Podcast is hosted by veteran radio personality Hooman Khalili, former Fandor executive Chris Kelly, and veteran radio producer Bryn Nguyen. Guests have included Cassandra Peterson, Tyler Florence, Jim Harbaugh, and Camille Griffin.

Keyframe

Keyframe is the digital magazine of independent and international film hosted on the Fandor site.[3] It published interviews, film criticism, video essays, and other scholarly works pertaining to the art of filmmaking, featuring a global community of film experts, filmmakers, video essayists, and film enthusiasts.

History

Fandor was founded in 2010 in San Francisco, California, by Dan Aronson, Jonathan Marlow, and Albert Reinhardt.[4] Former Facebook chief privacy officer Chris Kelly has been a member of the Fandor board of directors since 2011.[5]

In January 2014, Ted Hope, independent film producer and former director of the San Francisco Film Society, joined Fandor as CEO.[6] In January 2015, Hope departed to run Amazon Studios' original film division, and Chris Kelly became interim CEO. In September 2015, Larry Aidem, former Sundance Channel head, joined Fandor as CEO, taking over from Kelly.[7]

In September 2018, Larry Aidem stepped down as CEO with Chris Kelly taking over as CEO.[8] Fandor subsequently failed to get a round of funding to secure its financial obligations. In December 2018, the company laid off its entire staff and the assets were sold to an undisclosed investment firm.[9][10]

In January 2021, Cinedigm acquired Fandor, announcing its plans to relaunch the service at South by Southwest® 2021, ten years after its initial launch in 2011. Cinedigm relaunched the Fandor independent streaming service in October 2021, alongside Fandor's editorial hub, Keyframe.[11]

See also

References

  1. ^ Ebert, Roger. (June 8, 2012). "Movies don't stream themselves." Archived 2013-02-07 at the Wayback Machine Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved March 28, 2013.
  2. ^ "Cinedigm Acquires Fandor, Plans to Reboot Indie-Film Streaming Service". 19 January 2021.
  3. ^ https://keyframe.fandor.com/
  4. ^ Thompson, Anne. (March 9, 2011). "Fandor Streams Indie Video: Sundance Meets Netflix" Archived 2013-09-27 at the Wayback Machine. IndieWire. Retrieved March 28, 2013.
  5. ^ Appelo, Tim. (March 9, 2011). "New Film Site Fandor: A Cross Between Sundance and Netflix, Only Smaller". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 28, 2013.
  6. ^ McNary, Dave. (January 8, 2014). "Ted Hope Joins Independent Specialist Fandor as CEO". Variety. Retrieved January 8, 2013.
  7. ^ "Larry Aidem Joins Fandor as CEO (Exclusive)". Variety. 24 September 2015. Retrieved 2015-10-07.
  8. ^ "Larry Aidem Steps Down as Fandor CEO to Join Reverb Advisors". Variety. 26 September 2018. Retrieved 2018-09-30.
  9. ^ "Fandor Lets Go Nearly Entire Staff, Will be Sold to New Company". 8 December 2018.
  10. ^ "Fandor Lays off Entire 40-Person Staff Ahead of Pending Assets SaleTheWrap".
  11. ^ https://www.yahoo.com/now/cinedigm-raises-curtain-fandor-132500406.html