"Just wait ’till I make you a star." IFC Films has debuted a trailer for an indie drama titled King Cobra, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. Based on a stranger-than-fiction true story, King Cobra is a "deliciously dark, twisted plunge into the behind-the-scenes world of the porn industry." The film is about a young gay porn star, played by Garrett Clayton, who decides to leave the producer who originally made him famous but encounters more trouble by way of two rival producers who try to cash in on his fame. The impressive cast includes James Franco, Christian Slater, Molly Ringwald, Alicia Silverstone, Keegan Allen and Sean Grandillo. It's described as "part delirious, tabloid-shocker satire, part American tragedy." Definitely not going to be for everyone, but might be worth a watch. Take a peek.
"We're trapped down here!" IFC Midnight has debuted a short teaser trailer for an indie horror film titled The Autopsy of Jane Doe, a new thriller about morticians who encounter a "Jane Doe" body unlike any other. Emile Hirsch and Brian Cox play father-son coroners who receive a mysterious homicide victim with no apparent cause of death. "Perfectly preserved on the outside, Jane Doe's insides have been scarred, charred and dismembered." As they begin to go to work, they discover "increasingly bizarre clues" that hold the key to her terrifying secrets. This also stars Ophelia Lovibond, Michael McElhatton, Parker Sawyers, and Olwen Kelly. This is from the same Norwegian filmmaker who made Trollhunter. Reviews from Fantastic Fest say it has "endlessly intriguing mystery, great tension". Take a look at the teaser below.
"Why are you doing this?" "I like an adventure." Samuel Goldwyn Films has debuted a trailer for an indie drama titled Coming Through the Rye, which is yet another story about one person's fascinating with JD Salinger's seminal novel "The Catcher in the Rye". The film tells the "filmmaker's own true story" about a 16-year-old boy who adapts the book into a play then runs away from his boarding school to go looking for author JD Salinger in the New Hampshire mountains. It reminds me a bit of Searching for Bobby Fischer, a similar story about a boy searching for a long, lost reclusive individual. Alex Wolff stars, and he meets Stefania Owen along the way. Chris Cooper plays Salinger and the cast includes Adrian Pasdar and Amy Parrish. This seems like it might have something to offer fans of Salinger and his work. Have a look.
"It's almost like I don't know who that person was…" "I remember her really well." This seems quite charming. The Orchard has debuted a trailer for an indie drama titled Blue Jay, a black & white feature about two old friends from high school who randomly reconnect years later. The screenplay is written by Mark Duplass, who stars in this along with Emmy winner Sarah Paulson. These two used to be high school sweethearts but haven't seen each other in nearly 20 years. This seems like the perfect little festival film that makes you think about life and your own choices and what it means to grow up. We've seen these kind of stories before, but as long as there's honesty to them I enjoy them. I'm looking forward to this film.
"I remember I was fascinated by how an inside of the body looked. She always hoped I would be a surgeon one day." Magnolia has released a trailer for the indie horror titled The Eyes of My Mother, which first premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this year. Diana Agostini plays "Mother" in this creepy horror thriller about a mother who teaches her daughter to be "unfazed by death" - who turns out to be rather freaky as a grown up. The film has been described as a nightmare that is so unsettling and disturbing that many who've seen it want to forget it but can't. It stays in your mind and will haunt you for days, weeks, even months after seeing it. The film stars Kika Magalhães, Will Brill, Flora Diaz, Paul Nazak, Clara Wong, and Olivia Bond. You can get a sense of the gruesomeness and bleakness of the film in this trailer.
Blood is a brutal bond. A24 has unveiled a trailer for an indie crime drama from England titled Trespass Against Us, which just premiered at the Toronto Film Festival earlier this month. The film stars Michael Fassbender as a man trying desperately to escape the dangerous criminal world presided over by his savage father, played by Brendan Gleeson. The cast includes Rory Kinnear, Sean Harris, Lyndsey Marshal, Killian Scott and Georgie Smith. Not only does this look like a solid crime thriller with plenty to offer in terms of action and drama, but it also has an "astonishing" score by The Chemical Brothers to top it off. Gleeson, Fassbender and The Chemical Brothers pretty much has me sold no matter what. The car chases look like they might be the best part, but I'm definitely interested in seeing this anyway. Fire this up.
Well this is something - an indie film about making an indie film. Shooting Clerks is a fictional feature biopic made by Christopher Downie retelling the story of Kevin Smith making his breakout debut film Clerks in 1994. The film stars Mark Frost as Kevin Smith, Chris Bain as Jason Mewes (who has appeared in other films made by Downie about Mewes), Kit Alexander as Brian O'Halloran, and Tom Sullivan as Jeff Anderson. The cast list also includes a cameo by the real Kevin Smith as Larkin Eve. As expected, this is super low budget and almost like a fan-made retelling of the original story, but it also has enough support to get a release. They'll be showing the film on a small screening tour including a showing in NYC, heading to a few other places like Orlando and New Jersey. Give this a look below if you're curious how it turned out.
"You're drunk… You don't want to say something you're not going to be able to take back." Starz Digital has released a trailer for an indie comedy called Flock of Dudes, about a 30-something guy who decides to "break up" with his best buds in order to finally grow up. Chris D'Elia stars as Adam, who is still hanging out with his life-long friends. This also stars Jamie Chung, Hilary Duff, Eric André, Brett Gelman, Bryan Greenberg, Skylar Astin, Hannah Simone, Kumail Nanjiani, Hannibal Buress, and oddly Ray Liotta. I hadn't heard of this comedy before coming across this trailer, so I'm not sure where it came from, but it doesn't look so bad. There's some funny jokes, just hope there's more to it than bros being bros.
"I'm gunna raise my family here… I don't care what they do to us." Focus Features has unveiled a second trailer for the second Jeff Nichols film out this year, titled Loving, about Loving family from Virginia. The heartwarming film tells the story of the legendary interracial couple, Richard and Mildred Loving, played by Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga, who married and then spent the next nine years fighting for the right to live as a family in their town in Virginia. The cast includes Alano Miller, Martin Csokas, Nick Kroll, and Michael Shannon. I first saw this in Cannes and wrote in my review that it's a "a tender and heartfelt film." The trailers are as beautiful as the film itself, focusing on their love above all. Go see this film for the story, see it for the performances, see it to be reminded what true love is all about. Just don't miss this film.
"Just walking around in my mansion, in the woods, in my robe…" Oscilloscope Labs has released the full trailer for indie film The Alchemist Cookbook, from director Joel Potrykus who last made the cult hit Buzzard. This film is about a young outcast named Sean, played by Ty Hickson, who is holed up in a trailer in the woods with "The Alchemist Cookbook" and his cat trying to devise twisted schemes for vanquishing his enemies. After going too far with a recipe, he "awakens something far more sinister and dangerous". There's some funky footage in this trailer, but the best part is the quote from Variety about "if you only see two American indie features co-starring Satan this year…" You have to appreciate a unique trailer like this.
"Dad - sometimes you're just not there." An official trailer has arrived for an indie comedy titled Ordinary World, from the director of John Krasinski's The Giant Mechanical Man from 2012. Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong stars in the film as a former punk rocker who is having trouble getting used to the "real world" after 10 years of leaving behind that world. When his wife & daughter forget his 40th birthday, his brother throws him a big party in New York where he encounters his old bandmates. The cast includes Selma Blair, Judy Greer, Madisyn Shipman, Dallas Roberts, Chris Messina and Fred Armisen. This looks like it might be fun, and it features original songs written and performed by Billie Joe Armstrong.
"Do I not seem okay?" The Orchard has unveiled an official trailer for Antonio Campos' film Christine, the fictional version of the story about Christine Chubbuck, the Florida news reporter who shot herself on live TV in the 1970s. Rebecca Hall plays Chubbuck in this version of the story, which dramatizes her life and the events leading to her infamous suicide in 1974. This film is one of two that premiered at Sundance this year about Chubbuck, the other is the docu-drama Kate Plays Christine. In addition to Rebecca Hall, the cast of this includes Michael C. Hall, Tracy Letts, Timothy Simons, J. Smith-Cameron, Maria Dizzia and John Cullum. It's a very bleak drama that shows just how sad the state of news has become, with similar themes as Nightcrawler. The poster for this is also one of the best posters this year. See below.
"Experience the music and energy of the 1970s punk underground." IFC Films has released an official US trailer for a film titled London Town, starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers as iconic musician Joe Strummer of the band The Clash. Not to be confused with the musical London Road, this film is set in the 1970s about a 15-year-old boy introduced to the iconic punk rock band The Clash and it changes his life forever. Daniel Huttlestone stars as Shay, Nell Williams as Vivian, along with Tom Hughes, Natascha McElhone, Dougray Scott and Kerry Howard. This looks like it might be a great double feature with Sing Street, or any punk rock film from England. Featuring music from The Clash, The Ramones and Buzzcocks. Fire it up.
"It's a question of how serious you are about seeing justice done." Focus Features has debuted the first teaser trailer for Tom Ford's new film Nocturnal Animals, which has been earning rave reviews at the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals. Amy Adams stars, along with Jake Gyllenhaal, in this twisted thriller about an art gallery owner haunted by her ex-husband's novel, a violent thriller she interprets as a veiled threat and a symbolic revenge tale. The cast includes Michael Shannon, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Isla Fisher, Ellie Bamber, Armie Hammer, Laura Linney, Andrea Riseborough and Michael Sheen. Described in some reviews as "David Lynch meets Alfred Hitchcock meets Douglas Sirk," this has a bit of a western meets dark thriller vibe to it. This teaser should definitely get your attention and make you curious.