July 13, 2014
"Who did it?" Today's indie trailer is for the murder mystery thriller Jamie Marks Is Dead, from writer / director Carter Smith, which first premiered at Sundance 2014 earlier this year. The film stars Cameron Monaghan as a high school student who meets the ghost of a murdered teenager and attempts to help him put together the crime. There are some odd appearances by Liv Tyler and Judy Greer in funky supporting roles, along with Noah Silver as Jamie Marks. While this starts out like a new take on a murder concept like Rian Johnson's Brick, it spins into the ghost territory and seems to turn into too much of a paranormal horror for my own tastes. I'm curious about it, but not sure if it'll be any good. Give this a look for yourself.
July 6, 2014
"Let us say a prayer that this piece of land, small as it may be, can be more than a symbol." Today's trailer is for an indie sci-fi/post apocalyptic film that premiered at Sundance to rather dismal buzz. It's the second feature from Jake Paltrow, younger brother of Gwyneth Paltrow, whose debut was The Good Night from 2007. This one, titled the Young Ones, is another genre-mixer set in the future, but with the tone and style of a Dust Bowl western. Kodi Smit-McPhee stars as the nomad son of Michael Shannon, and Nicholas Hoult actually plays a villain, with Elle Fanning his girlfriend. These first trailers are early promos that may not stay online, but as a first glimpse I'm intrigued to see how this looks. If you're curious, take a look.
June 22, 2014
"He didn't mean to do anything bad... I'll get you through this." Today's indie trailer that comes highly recommended is the official trailer for Matthew Saville's Felony, a little indie film written by, produced by and starring Joel Edgerton (last seen in The Great Gatsby, Zero Dark Thirty, Odd Life of Timothy Green). He's joined by the always fierce Tom Wilkinson, Melissa George, and Jai Courtney in one of his best roles yet. Edgerton plays a cop who gets into big trouble in a late night accident, creating a troublesome situation at work and at home. I first caught this film at TIFF last year and it's solid, with a few strong performances and great score, hopefully it gets released. The trailer shows a lot, but doesn't ruin everything.
June 9, 2014
For the last five years, we've been posting Indie Trailer Sunday features on FirstShowing, highlighting great indie trailers on the day when no one reads the internet (anymore). I started this feature way back in 2009 as a way of posting some extra trailers over the weekend, on Sunday, when there was no other news, everything was pretty quiet, and there was nothing else worth posting except for an excellent trailer for an independent film most people likely haven't heard of yet. I've carried on that tradition with new posts most Sundays (not always, but I try my best). I still feel like the films never get enough time in the spotlight and are always forgotten by Monday, so here's an extra reminder. Click any poster below for the trailer/teaser.
June 8, 2014
"Have you ever had music just hit you in a place where it immediately brought you to tears? Music has that power." This looks wonderful. Winner of the Documentary Audience Award at Sundance 2014 earlier this year, Alive Inside is a doc by Michael Rossato-Bennett about the power that music has to "awaken memories and emotions that have been asleep for years". It focuses on the elderly and how patients with dementia have been able to open their minds again through music, proposing that music has the power to heal by touching our hearts and souls. This does look like a very moving and inspiring documentary, and I definitely do want to see it. Check out the official trailer below for what's being called a "life-changing film".
June 1, 2014
How wonderful. "This is an ancient shell that my mother gave me a long time ago... Hold it to your ear and listen carefully..." Today's trailer is a teaser for the upcoming animated movie titled Song of the Sea, the second feature from Tomm Moore, whose work on the animated film The Secret of Kells earned him a Best Animated Feature Oscar nomination in 2010 (it eventually lost to Pixar's Up). His next film is about a child named Saoirse, who is the last of the selkies, women in Irish and Scottish legends who transform from seals into people. She escapes from her grandmother's home to journey to the sea and free fairy creatures trapped in the modern world. This is just a teaser, but it's full of wonderful animation that makes this a must watch.
May 25, 2014
"Is that safe?" In the handful of outstanding films from the 2014 Cannes Film Festival that deserve to break out, there's this one - a hilarious dark comedy skiing vacation avalanche film from a Swedish director named Ruben Östlund. I went nuts for it and wrote a rave review earlier in the fest, but now we have the first two trailers to share - for an idea of what this film is like and to show everyone why this should be on your radar. Johannes Bah Kuhnke & Lisa Loven Kongsli star as the husband and wife at French Alps ski resort who experience a close-call with an avalanche, which throws off their interactions the rest of the vacation. It's beautifully shot for a ski movie, and is also hilariously brilliant in so many ways. Check these out below.
April 20, 2014
"Who... are you?" Today's indie trailer is the first official teaser for a kinetic South Korean action film titled No Tears for the Dead, from Jeong-beom Lee of the 2010 revenge film The Man from Nowhere. In this new film, Jang Dong-gun stars along with Kim Min-hee in a "love story between a professional hitman and his next target". While that kind of story could go either way on screen, this one goes for a much more energetic, explosive feeling. I'm not sure what is with the English subtitles for English-spoken dialogue, but aside from that, this actually looks pretty cool with a few great shots (like the one seen above). Take a look.
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.