Streaming Spirit Awards

Subscription service Sundance Now (formerly known as DocClub) will live-stream the Film Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday, February 25, starting at 5 pm ET. After the live stream, Sundance Now will offer the show on demand to subscribers. The Spirit Awards can also be seen live over sister cable network IFC.

Held annually under a tent on the Santa Monica beach the day before the Oscars, the Spirit Awards honor the previous year’s best independent films. This year’s event will be hosted by Nick Kroll and John Mulaney, stars of the Broadway show Oh, Hello on Broadway. Nominees for Best Feature are American Honey, Chronic, Jackie, Manchester by the Sea and Moonlight.

Two of the nominees can already be streamed: American Honey through various sites for a $4.99 SD or $5.99 HD rental fee, and the Amazon-produced Manchester by the Sea at Amazon and other sites for a purchase price of $14.99.

American Honey trailer:

For a complete list of all nominees in 15 Independent Spirit categories, visit

Sundance Now, which promises the “best films, documentaries and binge-worthy TV series, curated by filmmakers and cultural icons,” is available for $6.99 monthly or $59.99 annually. The service is available at, or via iOS, Roku, Apple TV and Chromecast.

Films currently being promoted via Sundance Now’s home page include The Baxter (2005), Frances Ha (2012), Mysterious Skin (2004) and Crystal Fairy & the Magical Cactus (2013). Documentaries include You’ve Been Trumped (2011) and Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present (2012).

Sundance Now’s “binge-worthy” series include the 2004 French documentary The Staircase, dubbed into English, and its 2013 two-part sequel The Staircase II; the documentary series about Newark, NJ, Brick City, which originally ran on Sundance Channel; and an original drama series The Bureau, produced with France’s Canal +. This one’s in French with English subtitles. You can stream the first episode of each of the French series for free at Sundance Now: The Staircase here, and The Bureau here. You can also watch the first episode of The Bureau right here:




About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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