Ted Leonsis is at it again. Ted, one of the pioneers in the development of the Internet and a former Vice Chairman of AOL, recently released Snag films . Snag is both a source for documentary films and a pioneering effort at using Web 2.0 techniques to promote and support films and filmakers. Snag is an extension of Ted’s interest in “Filmanthropy” a term he uses to describe philathropists using films to support social causes. In a recent interview in IndieWire ,Ted explained his belief that MySpace, Facebook, blogs and other Web 2.0 techniques could be used to expand support for films with social messages.
Earlier this month I rewatched State of the Union and embedded it on my Facebook page. I now have my own movie theater on Facebook and will continue to add other movies that I enjoy and want to share with my friends. Snag is a very new effort. But it deserves the support of anyone who loves films and wants to support the many great creative filmmakers who don’t always get the financial support or audience support they deserve. Snag yourself a couple of films and support great films. I am looking forward to curling up with my laptop again this weekend and enjoying some more films.