#1: FilmStruck Options

(Above: David Lynch’s ‘Eraserhead,’ part of The Criterion Collection on Kanopy)

To close out the year, The Savvy Screener is counting down our most popular 2018 stories.

Today our #1 article, “FilmStruck Alternatives,” examines streaming options for those left bereft by the closing of FilmStruck. This story was first published on October 29.

WarnerMedia announced last week that it will shutter its subscription streamer, FilmStruck, on November 29.

That’s bad news for those enjoying FilmStruck’s catalog of indies, art-house and classic films, including those from The Criterion Collection.

The good news is that many other options exist in the crowded cinema connoisseur streamer market. In fact, the best may be one that costs nothing – Kanopy.

The free service allows you to stream more than 30,000 films and TV shows through participating local libraries and higher education campuses worldwide.

For fans of The Criterion Collection, Kanopy offers nearly 400 Criterion/Janus films spanning British, French, Italian and Japanese cinema, as well as American classics and independent films, documentaries and silent films. In August, Kanopy unveiled more than 80 Paramount titles, and just today announced the addition of 43 documentaries from HBO Documentary Films, including such titles as Becoming Mike Nichols and Becoming Warren Buffett.

Kanopy does limit the number of films you can watch – to 10 per month, which in our view is a rather generous allotment.

You can watch Kanopy’s catalog online, or via Roku, iOSAndroid and Amazon Fire apps.

To see if your library participates, visit Kanopy’s help center. If it doesn’t, you can submit a request for its inclusion.

In the meantime, there are also these paid subscription alternatives:

Fandor – This service has thousands of indies, foreign and documentary films. There’s a $5.99-per-month plan and an annual $59.99 membership. As part of its “fall festival season,” Fandor is offering 33% off new subscriptions. (Update: For a limited time, Fandor is offering FilmStruck members a $24.99 annual subscription, more than half off the regular price. Visit Fandor for more information.)

IndieFlix – IndieFlix’s library includes a wide assortment of classics, musicals, art films, documentaries, international TV series, and shorts. It costs $4.99 a month, or $39.99 annually, with a seven-day free trial. (P.S., if you’re a filmmaker, you can submit your project for possible inclusion in the IndieFlix library.)

Tribeca Shortlist – The streamer promises more than 100 studio and independent films that are “constantly refreshed.” It’s $4.99 a month with a seven-day free trial.

Mubi – Mubi serves up a new movie every day. Each film stays on the site for one month, so there are always exactly 30 movies in its library. Mubi costs $8.99 monthly after a seven-day free trial.

IndiePix Unlimited – For $5.99 a month with a one-month free trial you can access a library of more than 400 films.

FlixPremiere — FlixPremiere offers thousands of independent films, with a “red carpet” premiere every week. Pricing options include $4.99 a month with one month free; $24.99 for six months with one month free; and $49.99 for the year with two months free.

Have a favorite provider of streaming indie and classic films that we’ve left out? Let readers know in the comments section below!

About Larry Greenberg

A former local beat reporter and film critic, co-founder Lawrence Greenberg has more than 25 years’ experience as a writer and public relations executive.

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