April 13, 2014
"It's funny that you find life so complicated." Today's indie trailer is for a film called Chinese Puzzle, or Casse-tête chinois in French, another third film in a charming romantic comedy trilogy about a couple and their lives over the years. The film features the same cast/characters from Cédric Klapisch's Russian Dolls and The Spanish Apartment, including Romain Duris as Xavier Rousseau, along with Audrey Tautou, Kelly Reilly, Toshiko Onizawa, Cécile de France and Sandrine Holt. While it is a French film, they do speak English and it takes place mostly in New York City, and doesn't look that bad at all. I'll check it out.
April 6, 2014
"They never told you?" Today's must-see indie trailer is for a riveting B&W drama from Poland titled Ida, which was Poland's 2013 entry into the Best Foreign Language Oscar pool, but it didn't make the final cut. Pawel Pawlikowski's Ida first premiered at the Gdynia Polish Film Festival and London Film Festivals last year, and also played in Telluride, Toronto & Sundance before getting a limited US release. It has earned rave reviews from critics the world over, and this trailer gives us a glimpse at the powerful story of a young nun in 1960s Poland who moves in with her aunt. The score in this is just tremendous, I'm curious to see it.
March 30, 2014
"Every time I dance... I tell a story." Today's indie trailer is for a Brooklyn street dancing documentary titled Flex is Kings, that we've actually featured on FS.net before, in a Kickstart This feature a few years ago. The doc is now completed and premiered at the 2013 Tribeca Film Fest in spring last year, and will be hitting very limited theaters coming up soon. Baxter Brothers Films has debuted a trailer and it's worth checking out to get a sense of the style and soul behind this music doc, which comes straight from the streets of New York City. This actually looks like it will be really good, so don't miss a beat, fire it up below.
March 16, 2014
"I think you're the only one who understands..." Today's indie trailer is for the psychological horror thriller Proxy, from filmmaker Zack Parker, of the indie horror Scalene before this. Actress Alexia Rasmussen plays a pregnant woman who is attacked and finds solace in new friends at a support group. But things get a bit twisted when she finds out more about new friends and their child. The cast includes Joe Swanberg, Alexa Havins and Kristina Klebe. This trailer makes the film look incredibly unsettling, focusing on the psychological aspects over the in-your-face horror. This may scare some folks more than others. Take a look.
March 9, 2014
"1948 - I remember that year well... It was the year I met her... And it was the year a serial killer came to my town." Today's indie trailer is for a dark superhero or super powers action-thriller titled Sparks, from co-directors Todd Burrows & Christopher Folino. Up-and-coming actor Chase Williamson (John Dies at the End and "Video Game High School") plays Ian Sparks, a masked vigilante who "discovers the dark side to heroism." IMDb's synopsis leaves out the super-powered group Rochester 13, but they're in this trailer. The cast includes Ashley Bell, Clancy Brown, Jake Busey, William Katt, Marina Squerciati. I'm curious about it.
March 2, 2014
"If you don't bring this man back, I'll find ya and put you in the ground." Today's indie trailer is for a Civil War dramatic thriller titled The Retrieval, which won a Breakthrough Performance Award at SXSW 2013. Ashton Sanders plays a boy assigned by a bounty hunter gang to retrieve a wanted freedman, played by Tishuan Scott, and bring him back to the South. The two begin to form a bond and things get complicated. The cast includes Keston John, Bill Oberst Jr and Christine Horn. I'm not sure how we just found this film now, but it looks fantastic - stunning cinematography, powerful story, heart-wrenching performances. Wow.
February 23, 2014
"I've always had a dream of fame and fortune... for Elmo" Today's indie trailer is for a rather awkwardly yet oddly amusing documentary called The Final Member, about the one-and-only Icelandic Phallological Museum that houses the world's largest collection of preserved male genitalia (collected for over 40 years!). So what makes this worthwhile? The story focuses on three people: curator Sigurður "Siggi" Hjartarson, as well as the two eccentric men who want to donate their own specimens to the museum. The doc eventually becomes about the challenges of making a tough decision, and crazy enough, I have to say that this looks fascinating. Best of all, Drafthouse Films is releasing it which means it's certainly unlike anything out there.
February 9, 2014
"There's two ways to fish..." This weekend I saw my third film in the last six months about Somali pirates, one titled Last Hijack. The first film was, obviously, Captain Phillips with Tom Hanks; the second was this one, Fishing Without Nets, which just premiered at Sundance 2014 (where I caught it and loved it). Filmed entirely in East Africa, Fishing Without Nets focuses on a story from the perspective of the pirates, and how they struggle in their own society to survive. Abdikani Muktar plays Abdi and the entire cast gives powerful performances. Found via The Film Stage we have a look at the rather stunning first teaser below.
January 26, 2014
"See the mirror hanging there, face of silver, frame of black, Oculus of glass, I stare... I can feel you staring back..." Today's indie trailer is for a horror film called Oculus that premiered at TIFF last year in the Midnight Madness category. The concept involves a cursed mirror of some sort, and a plot involving a brother and sister trying to figure out how their parents were killed. This first teaser gives quite an eerie, quick look at the horror that's in this, which is the just the right amount needed to convince me to see it and wonder why I haven't caught up with this already. This tease may give you a chill, but it's worth watching.
January 12, 2014
"You've got a short window, buddy." This trailer is for a film titled Love & Air Sex, that is indeed about the art/sport of "air sex". It's set around Austin, TX, which is where the Air Sex World Championships take place. As one might expect there's a quirky, dramatic, romantic comedy plot wrapped around one man's experience - "with the Air Sex World Championships in town, anything can go down." That man is played by Michael Stahl-David, who you'll recognize from Cloverfield, and he's joined by Ashley Bell, Sara Paxton, Addison Timlin and Zach Cregger. This doesn't look like a knock out, but not everything needs to be. Enjoy!
October 20, 2013
"I know many of you are probably wondering what the hell Mike Tyson is doing up on stage tonight." Yes, exactly. But nonetheless it seems like this is an honest, open look at a controversial sports figure and his life. Today's indie trailer is for HBO's presentation of Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth, the infamous boxer's one-man stage show turned into a documentary directed by Spike Lee. After finishing up a nationwide tour, Tyson's life story will be hitting HBO as a feature-length film. It sounds like this is the full story, with all the ups and downs, all the good and bad times that shaped Mike Tyson into the man he is today. Give it a shot.
October 13, 2013
Today's must see indie trailer is for a film that has been playing at film festivals since 2010 a few years back. It's the feature directing debut of music video director Romain Gavras, a film called Our Day Will Come, and we first featured a trailer way back in 2011. Oscilliscope Labs is finally getting around to releasing the film officially in the US this fall, and they've put out a mesmerizing new trailer for this film described as "a stylish, mind-twisting trip." Vincent Cassel and Olivier Barthélémy star as two red-heads who travel to Ireland and end up in some crazy shit. This trailer has a very eerie but mesmerizing vibe to it, check this out.
October 6, 2013
Late one snowy night at the Sundance Film Festival this year, I caught a very unique 3D film called Charlie Victor Romeo. Since then the film has occasionally came to mind, thankfully not while I'm traveling (that would be a bit too much) but usually when I'm thinking about experimental cinema and weird experiences. Charlie Victor Romeo was originally a theater performance that has been translated into a 3D film. Showing only the cockpit and pilots, the film's dialogue comes solely from real voice recorder transcripts from plane crashes, and recreates the experience from the inside. Essentially, it gives viewers a look at the actions and reactions of the pilots. It's as nerve-wracking as that sounds, but nonetheless a uniquely visceral experience.
September 29, 2013
"I'd like to know if Anthony ever thought of me... I've thought of him every day." Today's trailer is for an emotional drama from British filmmaker Stephen Frears that is getting rave reviews saying this is his best work since The Queen. Titled Philomena, the film stars 78-year-old Oscar winning actress Judi Dench as Philomena Lee, a woman searching for her son, who was taken away from her decades ago after she became pregnant and was forced to live in a convent. In addition, Steve Coogan stars as a "world-weary political journalist" assigned to her story who joins in the search. This looks like a very powerful and moving drama.