Powster platform supports release of indie doc 'Unrest'

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Film distribution marketing website Powster has launched the official movie platform for the independent documentary Unrest to promote the movie and boost ticket sales.

Powster’s Showtimes Platform allows users to search for theatres and find showtimes for Unrest across the U.S. and internationally. Unrest premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and continues to book theatrical and community screenings.

The Powster Showtimes Platform tool will be featured in a case study developed by Sundance Institute. Powster’s ultimate goal is to encourage filmmakers to learn more about their audiences to help them better understand the trajectory of their careers. The platform is responsive across desktop and mobile devices, and used by all six major movie studios as well as over 70 independent distributors.

“Working with Unrest and Sundance Institute’s Creative Distribution team supports Powster’s objective of growing the theatrical industry,” said Ste Thompson, CEO of Powster. “By providing world-class major movie studio theatrical marketing tools to independent filmmakers, we are helping audiences discover new and exciting content.”

"We're grateful for the support Powster is providing the Unrest filmmakers,” said Chris Horton, director of Sundance Institute's Creative Distribution Initiative. “Powster's intuitive ticketing interface will provide the filmmakers with rich analytics that will aid their innovative approach to reaching audiences."

Unrest follows the journey of Jennifer Brea, an active Harvard PhD student about to marry the love of her life when suddenly her body starts failing her. Hoping to shed light on her strange symptoms, Brea grabs a camera and films the darkest moments unfolding before her eyes as she is derailed by M.E. (commonly known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome), a mysterious illness some still believe is “all in your head.”Often confined by her illness to the private space of her bed, Brea is moved to connect with others around the globe. Utilizing Skype, she unlocks a forgotten community with intimate portraits of four other families suffering similarly.

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