Silent films won the hearts of early moviegoers with the simplicity of pantomimed storytelling, emotive reactions, and vivid CGI mustaches. Experience the thrill of moving pictures with today's Groupon: for $45, you get one Deluxe Film Festival in a Box game, which includes four DVDs with 16 films, plus a one-year membership with unlimited access to streaming films from IndieFlix (up to a $136 value).
IndieFlix delivers festival-selected independent films to movie mavens via interactive DVD film-festival kits and an extensive online streaming library. Using the Deluxe Film Festival in a Box Movie Club Starter Kit, which was profiled in the New York Times, silver-screen buffs host their own private film festivals, where viewers can watch a series of short films and vote online in various categories, such as Best Movie, Best Performance, and the Jar Jar Binks Award for Best Supporting Actor. Every Deluxe package includes four individual genre-based games, each with four films. Viewers can choose between the Grown-up Edition, which features four games—Pottymouth Comedy, Zombie, Chillers, and Dark Comedy—and the Family Edition, also featuring four games—Fantastic, Comedy, Powered By Girls, and Love (both editions valued at $49.99).
Each game lasts about 45 minutes, but the included discussion topics will keep film junkies contemplating the existence of zombies and true love well into the night. Online voting is tracked and viewers can make their favorite filmmakers eligible for an annual cash prize. The IndieFlix library includes more than 2,100 streaming award winners and festival favorites, including documentaries, shorts, features, and uncensored footage of playful, snuggling kittens.
- It's like: An indie film festival in your home. But it's better because: You get to pick the winners. Each box has a DVD with four independently made short movies with a common theme, such as zombie infestation or comedy or romance. Watch the 15-minute films with your buds, then debate what film is better. Vote online, and the movie-maker with the most votes over time might win cash to make another movie. What do you win? The eye-opening experience of enjoying films you didn't know existed. – Eric Gwinn, Chicago Tribune.