NEW YORK, May 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- In celebration of the military heroes fallen or returning, or those who are still defending our freedom, SnagFilms is launching a national initiative inspired by the film HONOR FLIGHT, which includes hosted screenings throughout the month of May, theatrical screenings with Tugg and a personalized online telegram campaign, all under the banner "Honor Our Heroes".
The "Honor Our Heroes" initiative is highlighted by specialty screenings in collaboration with two of the largest military bases in the country. HONOR FLIGHT will screen for members of the armed forces, military personnel and invited guests at the U.S. Army Airborne and Special Operations Museum in Fayetteville, NC on Friday, May 17 and at the Jacksonville Firefighter Hall in Jacksonville, FL on Thursday, May 23.
"The story of this film touches everyone who sees it, and we are determined to keep expanding the audience as much as possible," said Damian Benders, SnagFilms' SVP of Programming & Marketing. "All of our lives have been impacted in big and small ways by military veterans and "Honor Our Heroes" provides an opportunity to offer a personal thank you."
In what has become its most successful film to date, Tugg, Inc. (www.tugg.com) , a platform that allows people to create their own screenings at theaters, has expanded HONOR FLIGHT's traditional theatrical run from eight cities to over 80 additional cities (with more to come) through screenings of the film that are requested and hosted by local audiences. The filmmakers and Honor Flight volunteers bring new audiences to local movie theaters as WWII veterans and their communities' band together to share the film experience on the big screen and honor veterans' service.
"We feel privileged to be a part of the successful story of HONOR FLIGHT. Our vision for Tugg was to establish a platform for filmmakers to engage their audiences, wherever they may be, and it's been thrilling to see communities in cities nationwide come together to see this powerful and uplifting film," said Tugg co-founders Nicolas Gonda and Pablo Gonzalez.
Every American family has been touched in some way by our servicemen and women, and SnagFilms' Honoring Our Heroes initiative creates a personalized way to express appreciation. SnagFilms invites everyone to honor the military heroes in their own lives by sending an online telegram from their favorite social network. Visit www.facebook.com/HonorFlightTheMovie to send a personal online telegram to recognize the service of someone on active duty, in memory of a hero we've lost or to invite a loved one to share his or her story of service. Honoring a loved one is easy and users can access these custom-designed online telegrams via the Facebook page or HONOR FLIGHT's film website, http://www.honorflightthemovie.com/.
HONOR FLIGHT, produced by Freethink Media, focuses on the current lives and battlefield experiences of four living WWII veterans and the Midwest community that came together to give them the trip of a lifetime – all as part of a national effort . Volunteers race against the clock to inspire WWII veterans to tell their stories – many for the first time – and to fly thousands of them to Washington, D.C. to celebrate their service at the memorial constructed for them nearly 60 years after their epic struggle.
"Honoring our Heroes brings immediacy to the story of the 'greatest generation' – whose membership diminishes daily," said Rick Allen, CEO of SnagFilms. "We have given this special film a unique release by making community viewing possible in theaters, as well as available on VOD everywhere. There is no more fitting time to bring the film out – and to make it easy for each family to express their own appreciation."
For more information on SnagFilms visit www.snagfilms.com. For more information on Tugg please visit http://www.tugg.com/. To join one of the screenings or start your own here (http://www.tugg.com/titles/honor-flight). For more information on HONOR FLIGHT and to see where it's playing, visit the film's official website at www.HonorFlightTheMovie.com.
SnagFilms features free, sponsor-supported, on demand viewing of more than 4,000 award-winning, fiction and non-fiction titles from some of the greatest names in film. SnagFilms' curated collection is viewed on its own site and a digital network of more than 110,000 affiliated sites and webpages worldwide, including partners such as Comcast's Xfinity, Hulu, the Starbucks Digital Network, IMDb, hundreds of non-profits, special interest sites and blogs — and via its applications for tablets, including Apple's iPad (AirPlay-enabled), Amazon's Kindle Fire, Blackberry Playbook and other Android-based tablets; Android smartphones; OTT platforms Roku, Boxee and Western Digital; connected TVs and Blu-ray players from Sony, Panasonic, LG and Vizio, and connected TVs and Blu-ray players from Samsung. SnagFilms' titles have been featured on more than 3.5 billion pageviews across its network.
SnagFilms also offers selected titles via pay video on demand with Comcast, iN Demand (including Time Warner Cable, Cox and Bright House Networks), Verizon's FiOS and DIRECTV, as well as on iTunes, Hulu Plus, Amazon, VUDU, Xbox Live, Google Play, YouTube Movies, Samsung Media Hub and will soon be launching on DISH Network and. SnagFilms was named one of the fastest growing technology companies in Washington, DC area. Red Herring has made the company a 2013 finalist for its Top 100 companies in North America. Gizmodo has named SnagFilms as a "Best iPad App," OVGuide has twice named SnagFilms a Top Site, and MovieMaker Magazine named SnagFilms to its annual list of "50 Best Websites for Moviemakers." The SnagFilms family also includes Indiewire, for more than 15 years the web's top source of news, reviews and information about independent film – and winner of the 2012 Webby Award as the top film and movie site.
About Freethink Media:
Freethink Media is a video production company devoted to sharing stories about freedom, human well-being and achievement to positively change the way people think and live. HONOR FLIGHT is Freethink Media's first feature length documentary and holds the Guinness World Record for largest audience at a film screening with 28,442 people in attendance at the film's premiere in August 2012. HONOR FLIGHT will be available on Video On Demand platforms via Snagfilms on May 14th, 2013.
About Tugg, Inc.
Tugg, Inc. ("Tugg") is a web-platform that enables individuals to choose the films that play in their local theaters. Through Tugg, individuals are empowered to select a film, screening time, and nearby theater, and then spread the word to their immediate and online community. Once a necessary amount of people commit to attending, the event will be confirmed, and Tugg will reserve the theater, manage ticketing and ensure delivery of the film; allowing the audience to sit back and enjoy the show. Tugg is currently working with exhibitors Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, AMC Theatres, Bow Tie Cinemas, Cinemark Theatres, Goodrich Quality Cinemas, Rave Cinemas and Regal Cinemas, as well as additional regional and independently-owned theaters across the country. These exhibitors provide theatrical venues for individually curated events showcasing Tugg's growing library of hundreds of studio and independent films. (www.Tugg.com) (www.Facebook.com/Tugginc).