Focus Features to stream free films on Fridays

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Here’s a clever promotion that I expect to see replicated as more and more movie studios get into the business of streaming their own back catalog, and not licensing it to Hulu, Amazon, Youtube or Netflix.

The prestige picture distributor Focus Features is celebrating its 15th anniversary. And as part of that, for several Fridays they will offer a classic film from their vault (recent classics, mind you) for free for everybody to stream.

The titles –

motoFriday, August 25thThe Motorcycle Diaries (2004) won the Academy Award for Best Original Song (“Al Otro Lado del Río”). Following an inspiring journey of self-discovery and tracing the youthful origins of a revolutionary heart, the Latin American continent is unveiled in all its glory as two friends experience life at its fullest.

Friday, September 1stThe Constant Gardener (2005) sweeps audiences along one man’s emotional and global journey to uncover the truth behind a personal loss and a worldwide conspiracy. For her performance opposite Ralph Fiennes, Rachel Weisz won the Screen Actors Guild, Golden Globe, and Academy Award.

 Friday, September 8thEternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)earned Golden Globe Award nominations for its stars Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet, in an unforgettable love story, a tumultuous relationship seen through a maze of memories. Winner of the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.

They’re showing #FocusFridays on Facebook live (the link is here) beginning at 9pm Easter, 6pm Pacific.

Another excuse to cut the cable cord? Why yes, it is.

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