Last week AOL launched its new documentary website True Stories, featuring critically acclaimed and independent documentary films, some before the theatrical release. Films are available as free streaming video, supported by advertising. Or as pay-to-own downloads.
Every month the new site will feature two full-length documentaries. The AOL release of Danielson: A Family Movie, coincides with the film’s theatrical debut this month. Meanwhile while, the second AOL release, Shadow Company, is currently looking for a main stream distribution channel.
“In addition to presenting a groundbreaking platform for new films seeking distribution, True Stories will provide a forum for users to react, share their own stories, and connect with each other,” said Jordan Kurzweil, AOL’s VP of programming and production in a statement. “The success of our earlier efforts with The Ground Truth, and The Breast Cancer Diaries support this model, and launching a platform primed for scale and growth is an exciting next step.”
AOL is letting users share their thoughts on the films by integrating True Stories with its community tools like blogs, live chat, message boards, and UnCut Video, AOL’s answer to YouTube. AOL is also providing the film makers with their own personal blogs. Some films featured on the site may also include bonus footage, interviews and deleted scenes.