I can vouch for the usefulness of a membership - I used their ridiculously cheap casting rooms for my last short film, and the free Netflix trial that comes with this offer is what hooked me on the little red envelopes two Spirit Awards ago.
Check it out:
"Film Independent offers something for everyone: whether you are a working filmmaker or an independent film lover, we are a place for you to access compelling material and a community of like-minded independent artists who are driving creativity in the film industry. When you join Film Independent (at only $95 per year), your vote counts at the 2007 Independent Spirit Awards. You can attend screenings of nominated films or view them in your home on DVD through our partnership with Netflix.
Plus, your membership brings you year-round complimentary access to independent films before they hit theaters, priority selection and discounts on passes and tickets to the Los Angeles Film Festival, subscription to the monthly Film Independent Calendar, and more.
You must join by December 15, 2006 to take advantage of Independent Spirit Awards voting privileges. Joining by this date automatically enters you into a special drawing where you'll have the chance to win an Apple video iPod.
For more information and an application visit FilmIndependent.org (and enter promotional code ISA07A ) or call 310.432.1200."