by Yasmina Tawil The Arab Film and Media Institute (AFMI) is a nonprofit organization founded by the team behind the largest and oldest Arab Film Festival in North America. Through film, education, mentorship, and new media, our mission is to enhance public understanding of Arab culture and provide insight into the beauty, complexity, and diversity […]

To mark International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, OVID continues to expand and diversify our collection of films about women’s lives and ongoing struggles for liberation. This week, we thought to assemble a brief and comprehensive A-Z top ten here of some favorites from the collection to date… Chez Jolie Coiffure by Rosine Mbakam centers […]

A review by Alex Fields. In Oxhide I & Oxhide II, filmmaker Liu Jiayin takes us into a cramped Beijing apartment, casting her parents and herself as fictionalized versions of themselves. In the following post, film critic Alex Fields pays particular attention to the second installment, wherein the director fixes her camera around the kitchen […]

🐾starring Guillaume-en-Égypte🐾  OVID’s future depends on the support of those who know and value what we do. And with a reduced advertising budget this year, we need to be creative.So … voila!!  OVID announces our new line of merchandise!  The t-shirt is made of 100% ring-spun cotton and is soft and comfy. Our tee is […]

Ovid asked me to recommend a selection of films streaming on their channel. Initially attracted by the documentaries they offer about musicians I love, including Ornette Coleman, Pulp, Bill Callahan, and the Magnetic Fields, instead I picked ten features that are not music docs. Nevertheless, I do have to recommend Joe Angio’s Revenge of the […]

Thank you to all of you who contributed your feedback! We appreciated your thoughts and will look to implement your suggestions for improvements. This was our first ever survey, and we got thirty meaty responses – the longer comments are below the graphs. There were certain hypotheses cleared up – one about whether to convert […]

By Karin Chien Amidst global crises competing for our attention, I value the current attention that is being paid to Hong Kong and its recent protests, coming in part from the splashy new drama series on Amazon Prime, The Expats.  If you’re looking for more on Hong Kong, we are proud to offer six extraordinary, […]

“For students, historians and lovers of dance the films at OVID.tv are worth so much more than the subscription fee.”  —Jeff Slayton, LA Dance Chronicle OVID is uniquely dedicated to assembling an unrivaled collection of dance films.New to streaming today is NY EXPORT: OPUS JAZZ by Henry Joost & Jody Lee LipesWith Tiler Peck, Robbie […]

It’s been a while since we posted this chart of our membership (subscriber) movements. As you can see it’s a mixed bag: It’s slow going, and the number of paying members have been fairly flat the past couple of months. But—they haven’t gone down, and, in fact, we did hit an all-time high just before […]

In 2022, OVID’s subscription numbers grew by 40%, and we added over 300 films to the collection. We are very proud of this, and prouder still that we have managed to grow without raising our prices and caving to the ad-supported streaming trend. We took a moment to run the numbers and see how OVID […]

OVID subscriptions are up 6.5% in the month of October! The increase of paid subscriptions is 144, the most of any one month this year, even beating January which was our previous best. The total amount of paid subscriptions is now up to 36% for the year; last year, the total for 12 months was up 35%.

Sunday is Juneteenth, a day to honor the emancipation of enslaved African Americans and to celebrate African American culture. While Juneteenth has been celebrated in the United States since 1865, it was not until 2021 that Juneteenth was formally recognized as a federal holiday. If you are looking for something to watch this weekend, OVID’s […]

As year 2021 comes to a close and our numbers have finalized, I thought I ought to sum up in one place the main quantifiable changes in key areas of OVID’s development, taking the opportunity to double-down on one of our founding principles: radical transparency.

Today Laura Mulvey's RIDDLES OF THE SPHINX begins exclusively streaming on OVID. In this companion video, Mulvey discusses her feminist manifesto "Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema" along with filmmakers Joanna Hogg and Isaac Julien as well as academics John David Rhodes, Tamar Garb, Mandy Merck and Emma Wilson.

The last time I wrote a note about our membership numbers, it was early March, right after the end of Black History Month, and indeed OVID enjoyed a nice uptick in sign-ups throughout February. Unfortunately, many good things come to an end, and it seems like a higher than usual percentage of those new people then canceled their subscriptions in March.

An update on OVID’s membership (subscriber) growth through February 2021… The last time we posted this chart, we showed our member statistics with figures through the end of 2020. While the numbers were still increasing at the time, they were doing so quite slowly and were likely to flatten out soon because the “top level” number (of users including free trials) had not moved for several weeks.

The impulse of nostalgia, for a return to normal, is what I hear most these days, dominating Zoom meetings, indie film panels, business articles in the trades. Forced to address the sudden and severe disruption of distribution and exhibition, the conversational focus often drifts to ... movie theaters and whether audiences will go back. What I hear industry vets say, repeatedly, is that the theatrical business will rebound but the window (the time before the film hits VOD) will shorten. Yes, this has been true for 15 years. And there is so much more we should be talking about. I’m writing th

Two of the metrics that we look at to see how well OVID is doing—to get a sense of whether we’re moving in the right direction, or have a chance of surviving—are Conversions and Churn. This information is generally closely held in the SVOD business. In fact, we are not aware of any other streaming service which has released this data.

A film programmer at Maysles Documentary Center and several film festivals including his own, Prismatic Ground, Inney Prakash has had the experience of turning his curatorial eye from in-person events to online programming reaching an international audience. During our conversation, he dives into his career path, a few of the films that have shaped his worldview, and the role of curation in social justice movements.

The scholar Paul Henley has published one of the best reviews of André Gide and Marc Allégret's film Travels in the Congo: "Travels in the Congo, first released in France in 1927 as Voyage au Congo, is without doubt the masterwork of French ethnographic cinema in Africa prior to World War II. And yet, in the literature on ethnographic film and the history of documentary cinema more generally, it has been strangely neglected. It does not feature, for example, in the extensive UNESCO catalog, Films ethnographiques de l’Afrique noire, edited by Jean Rouch and published in 1967. Although Rouch

On the occasion of the streaming release of two landmark Chinese independent films – Wen Hai and Zeng Jinyan’s Outcry and Whisper and Hu Bo‘s An Elephant Sitting Still – the good folks at Ovid asked me to share some thoughts. If you watch only two Chinese films this year, watch these two. I stand in awe of both films. Taken together, they form as deep, complex and varied a portrait as possible of contemporary China. Neither film should exist. Yet, they do. Beautifully. Miraculously. Brazenly. The producer and writer of Outcry and Whisper survived years of house arrest. The director o

As we enter the new year, it seems appropriate that I report on aspects of how OVID is doing. I also want to point you in the direction of two interesting articles which I think contextualize what OVID is all about. First, we’ve updated our searchable Master List of Films on OVID. We added about 30 titles over the past two months—we took a break over the holidays—so as of December 31, 2020, we are now at 982 titles. Of course we do continue to add more films every week. We have 18 titles lined up for January, and will be sharing each coming month’s schedule here on metafilm.