Gigantic Releasing has launched a site that allows you to stream the premiere of a first-run indie film online both in high-res and ad-free. The price is $2.99 to viewers.
They are offering ten of my readers free passes for one of their films. If you are interested, email me and I will put you in touch with them for the pass so you can check out the film.
Go to Gigantic Digital and see what they're all about.
For you filmmakers who may be interested in approaching them about a release of your film through this service, here's the scoop: They are open to a variety of different agreements with filmmakers based on the material. For instance, they can do a traditional acquisition for all rights over an extended period (7-10 years) or they can do an exclusive digital-only release over a brief period of time (3 months) or anything in-between. Any digital-only deal is structured as a 50-50 split after limited, agreed upon expenses which, in round numbers, results in a dollar to the producer for every ticket purchased.
I am not endorsing their service as I haven't used it (yet) but it sounds like a pretty cool thing to consider. If any of you use them for a release, let me know and we can highlight your experience.