Wednesday, January 26, 2005

IMDb's Independent Film

Independent Film at the IMDb's
Welcome to the IMDb's Independent Film section, a resource for movie buffs and filmmakers alike. New to the IMDb?

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Who We Are
The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) was started in 1990 on the rec.arts.movies newsgroup by a group of movie fans. Before the first web browser was being widely distributed, it was a set of scripts and files that allowed you to build your own local copy of the database on your own Unix-based computer.
Since then, the IMDb has grown exponentially and also gradually become easier to use. Our goal is to be the most fun and useful resource on the internet for movie fans around the world. With our improvements in the recent redesign, we've continued to move forward with that.
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What We Have
The core of our site is our search capabilities. We catalog all sorts of information on over 250,000 movies made since the dawn of cinema plus even more on over 900,000 people who helped make them. That 900,000 includes over 500,000 actors and actresses, nearly 50,000 directors, over 70,000 writers and a wide variety of other folks from producers to gaffers and everything in between. Then we take all that information, organize it into a cool structure, and make it possible for you to easily search and browse through it... FOR FREE.
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Check It Out
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Have fun!
The IMDb Staff


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