New York, NY–BidSlate, the innovative global content rights platform today announced that they’ve reached a rights agreement with Bigstar, the leading OTT service, to distribute a package of 15 films, including compelling docs, thrillers, international comedies and more across their 16 owned and operated channels including BIGSTAR Movies, Film Festival Faves, Doc World Entertainment and others. The announcement was made by Roland Rojas, Co-founder and President of BidSlate and Xavi Dalmau, BIGSTAR Founder & CEO.
“As our catalog continues to grow exponentially, we’re able to open new doors to partnerships with leading OTT outlets such as BIGSTAR,” says Rojas. “And as we continue to ingest a wide range of product across all genres, we’re looking forward to continuing to build our brands together.”
“We’re excited to partner with BidSlate and to add their indie content on to our global platform. Having 16 different brands, including some of the most popular OTT channels, such as Black World Cinema, BIGSTAR Movies and 247 Horror, makes it easy to match up the works of top indie filmmakers into specific genre based channels”, says Xavi Dalmau, BIGSTAR Founder & CEO. “BidSlate has done an amazing job to bridge the gap between filmmakers and distribution in a fast changing industry. We're happy to play a small role in this ecosystem and help filmmakers showcase their work around the world.”
The non-exclusive deal for the package of 15 films and programs will be available via AVOD/SVOD through Bigstar and their 16 channels include:
All God's Creatures (Thriller | 2011 | 83 minutes | Directed by Robin J. Hayes | United States) -- Creature of habit, Jon Smith, spends his days mindlessly working as a barista in NYC. When night falls, this seeming everyman savagely kills women as his social outlet. And when a chance encounter with Delia, a young prostitute searching for an escape from her troubled past, forces Jon to confront the most terrifying thing he has ever faced in all his dark affairs – himself.
Art Bastard (Documentary | 2015 | 94 minutes | Written and directed by Victor Kanefsky | United States) – What is art and how does it relate to society? Is its value determined by its popularity or originality? These are some of the questions raised as the doc follows fiercely independent New York artist Robert Cenedella in his decades-long artistic journey struggling for creative expression. A student, protégé and friend of German artist George Grosz, Cenedella is now passing on his teacher’s legacy in the very same room where Grosz taught. In portraying Cenedella’s determination to buck the system of what’s popular while critiquing that popularity in his attempt to turn the art world upside down, Art Bastard is a funny, touching, and insightful look inside the maverick mind of a true original.
Black Cuba (Documentary | 2015 | 82 minutes | Directed by Ryan Charles & Frank Licatay | United States) -- This award-winning documentary follows street smart Ivy League students who are outcast at their elite university, band together and adventure to Cuba - whose population is 60% Black.
Catch 22: Based on the Unwritten Story by Seanie Sugrue (Thriller | 2016 | 91 minutes | Directed by Josh Folan | United States) – With Hurricane Sandy looming on the horizon, five hard-living friends groggily awake from a send-off celebration alongside a dead girl. Abject horror devolves into finger-pointing, which quickly becomes moot as the true examination comes into focus -- is man capable of prioritizing love and friendship over self-preservation?
Crossing Over (Comedy | 2018 | 79 minutes | Directed by Mark Haldon | United Kindgom) –
This tongue-in-cheek Hollywood satire follows eight actors with dreams far greater than their budgets, about to audition for ensemble lead roles in “Trading Faces”, which could be the big break they’ve been working towards. Their frustrated Agent (Louise Jameson) is hopeful of a big pay day and all that stands in their way are two very unpredictable LA casting directors and the movie's specific, yet unusual, requirements. Will they keep their nerve? Will they get their big break? Will their Agent avoid a nervous breakdown?
House of Little Deaths (Drama | 2016 | 154 minutes | United States | Written and directed by Scout Tafoya) -- Every morning, eight women wake up, get dressed, eat, put on make-up, do their hair, dress up and get ready for a grueling, demeaning night of work. They’re the staff at a brothel outside a major American city, serving the spoiled, rich, entitled and curious. In this experimental drama from prolific director Scout Tafoya, House of Little Deaths spends a week with women who’ve been reduced to objects in the eyes of everyone outside the house.
I Need You (Drama | 2011 | 65 minutes | Directed by Scout Tafoya | United States) -- Hazel and Vera meet at school and want to be together but for one thing: an abusive father. They plan to convince Vera’s father that she's been kidnapped so they can take his money and start fresh, but he winds up dead in the middle of their operation. With complications they couldn't have foreseen, as well as an emotional wound that may never heal, the pair discovers that murder may have been the easy part.
Khazana (Thriller | 2014 | 72 minutes | Directed by Rahul Nath | United States) -- Revenge is Served in this thriller starring Ulka Simone Mohanty as a young bride who questions her sanity as she faces abuse at the hands of her new family... until the day she decides to fight back.
Love Pyar Whatever (Comedy | 2016 | 101 minutes | Directed by Carlos M. Mora | United States) Boy meets girl in this Bollywood style rom-com! Arjun, a college student from India comes to the US with more than just studying on his mind: he hopes to find the American girl of his dreams. But, that’s easier said than done when you’ve got meddling relatives and an American cousin looking to get laid. What will it take to end up with The One?
Mile Marker (Documentary | 2017 | 93 minutes | United States | Written and directed by Korey Rowe) – Mile Marker follows director Korey Rowe, a two-tour veteran of Afghanistan and Iraq, who travels 7,000 miles across the United States to check in with his former battle buddies as they continue to fight back the symptoms of PTSD. Investigating new and controversial techniques and methods for treating PTSD, Mile Marker is an authentic look into the lives of veterans in America today. And, along the way, Rowe interviews psychologists and specialists from the National Center for a balanced understanding of the often crippling disorder that haunts tens of thousands of battle-hardened vets.
Not Hiding His Eyes (Documentary | 2016 | 52 minutes | Directed by Nataliya Zhuravleva | Russia) – This documentary follows a Russian family with two gay family members. How do you survive in a country where being LGBTQ is anything but easy? Director Nataliya Zhuravleva delves into the bleakness of gay life in Russian in this compelling black and white film.
The High: Making the Toughest Race on Earth (Documentary | 2015 | 75 minutes | Directed by Barry Walton | United States) -- When a group of extreme long-distance runners decides to create a dangerous new race in the Himalayas over the highest passes in the world, they find themselves fighting against military resistance, altitude sickness, hypothermia and mistakes that could end the race and their lives.
The Plug (Drama/Crime | 2016 | 67 minutes | Directed by Shaun Mathis & Jemonique Miller | United States) -- Childhood friends Derrick and Rilow have been trapped in Atlanta for nearly 20 years with Mook as their “plug” -- their source for drugs. With aspirations of being “the man”, Derrick makes a dangerous move, putting him and his best friend in grave danger.
Toto (Drama/Comedy | 2016 | 115 minutes | Philippines | Directed by John Paul Su) – When a young Filipino hotel worker schemes to attain a U.S. visa and put the lives of his loved ones in danger, he is forced to question the extremity of his actions and re-evaluate the cost of fulfilling his dreams. Totocaptured numerous awards on the international film festival circuit including “Best Film” at the NY Asian American International Film Festival, “Best Foreign Film” at the Los Angeles Comedy Festival and “Special Jury Prize” at the Metro Manila Film Festival.
Ultra High: Running at 18,000 Feet (Documentary | 2016 | 70 minutes | Directed by Barry Walton | United States) -- Six runners from around the globe join to take on the high altitude ultra-marathon that is becoming known as one of the toughest races on earth. In their efforts to complete the 137-mile course, over two of the highest motorable passes in the world they will fend off pulmonary edema, hypothermia, and fatigue and between each of them only one can finish first but all will suffer, in ULTRA HIGH.