INDIE FILMS

Check Out the Official Posters for Deep Sea Diving Thriller 'Pioneer'

Pioneer

When your ultimate adventure becomes your ultimate nightmare. If you're into deep sea diving conspiracy thrillers, then we've got the perfect film for you. Titled Pioneer, this Norwegian thriller is about a team of divers who were part of risky experiments at the start of the Norwegian oil-drilling industry in the early 80s. The cast includes Aksel Hennie plus Wes Bentley, Stephen Lang, Jonathan LaPaglia, Stephanie Sigman and Jørgen Langhelle. The film already premiered in Europe last year and has been waiting for a US release, however io9 has debuted a new US poster and we thought it was worth sharing to bring some attention to this interesting little film. I'm intrigued by all the imagery, but I'm not sure if it'll be any good.

 Posted April 10 in First Look, Indies, Posters | Comments

Must Watch: First Trailer for Spectacular Sundance Sci-Fi 'I Origins'

I Origins

"I'd like to tell you the story of the eyes that changed this world." After making a splash with the indie sci-fi Another Earth at Sundance in 2011, director Mike Cahill returned to the independent film festival with the penetrating sci-fi drama I Origins. Now the first trailer for the compelling film starring Michael Pitt, Brit Marling and Astrid Bergès-Frisbey has arrived. This film is an absolute sensation (read Alex's Sundance review right here), and serves as an interesting, provoking bridge between the ever-strong debate between faith and science. This is one you'll want to seek out this summer for sure. Watch the trailer now!

 Posted April 10 in Indies, SciFi, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Zach Braff's Sophomore Directing Effort 'Wish I Was Here' First Trailer

Wish I Was Here

Following a premiere at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, Wish I Was Here, the sophomore directorial effort of Garden State helmer and "Scrubs" star Zach Braff is coming this summer, and the first trailer has arrived. Much like the first trailer for Braff's aforementioned directorial debut, this one let's the music and cinematography shine, opting to leave out dialogue almost completely. It's kind of a bummer that a couple amusing cameos are included in this trailer, but they'll also convince fans of Braff's previous work to be even more excited. This writer wasn't a big fan of the film earlier this year, but it's worth seeing yourself. Watch!

 Posted April 9 in Indies, Sundance 14, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Mark Duplass' Indie Horror 'Creep' to Launch a Whole Film Trilogy

Creep

After premiering at SXSW, the indie horror film Creep has been picked up for distribution. And while normally that's news enough for an indie that first premiered at a film festival, the announcement comes with the promise that this film is kicking off a whole psychological thriller trilogy. RADiUS-TWC has picked up the film along with worldwide rights to the eventual trilogy produced by Blumhouse Productions (Insidious, Paranormal Activity, Sinister), written by Mark Duplass (star of Safety Not Guaranteed and writer of Jeff Who Lives at Home and Cyrus) and directed by freshman filmmaker Patrick Brice. Read on!

 Posted April 7 in Horror, Indies, Movie News | Comments

Jon Favreau's Latest Indie 'Chef' Looks Delicious in the First Trailer

Chef

"Why don't you come back again tonight, I got a whole new menu just for you, asshole." After Robert Downey Jr. designed some colorful posters to promote the SXSW premiere of Jon Favreau's latest directorial effort Chef, the first trailer for the film that also stars the Iron Man director has arrived. Along with some of the tasty food porn on display, this looks like a well done (no pun intended) charming comedy that takes Favreau back to his Swingers and Made roots as a gourmet chef struggling to stay afloat while also piecing his family back together. Plus, there's Dustin Hoffman, Scarlett Johansson, Oliver Platt, Sofia Vergara, John Leguizamo and Bobby Canavale all serving up supporting turns. Watch below!

 Posted April 7 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Indie Trailer Sunday: 'Ida' - Pawel Pawlikowski's B&W Polish Drama

Ida Indie Trailer Sunday

"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.

 Posted April 6 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Late Elliott Smith Gets Doc Treatment in 'Heaven Adores You' Trailer

Heaven Adores You

While you may not know Elliott Smith by name, his music has likely snuck into your ears by way of soundtracks for films like Good Will Hunting, American Beauty and The Royal Tenenbaums. But sadly, the musician died just over 10 years ago after struggling with addiction, and his death made a huge impact on his friends, family and collaborators, mostly because of the dark circumstances surrounding his death. Now a documentary wants to explore more that Smith's death, and actually dive into the man's life and what made him a treasure in the music world and to everyone that he met and worked with. Heaven Adores You premieres at the San Francisco International Film Festival in May, and there's a trailer below.

 Posted April 2 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Anna Kendrick & Sam Worthington Join Jennifer Aniston in Indie 'Cake'

Anna Kendrick

After finding success in R-rated studio comedies like Horrible Bosses, Wanderlust and We're the Millers, it's time for Jennifer Aniston to head back into the indie world. The "Friends" star made waves with The Good Girl back in 2002, and now she's leading a new indie called Cake from director Daniel Barnz (Won't Back Down) with a script by Patrick Tobin that made the Black List last year. Now the cast has expanded with Anna Kendrick, Sam Worthington, Chris Messina, Britt Robertson taking supporting roles along with husband and wife William H. Macy & Felicity Huffman. So what's the film about? Read on!

 Posted April 2 in Casting, Development, Indies, Movie News | Comments

Gia Coppola's 'Palo Alto' with Emma Roberts Gets a Theatrical Trailer

Palo Alto

After a teaser trailer debuted for the film before the premiere at the Telluride Film Festival, a theatrical trailer for Gia Coppola's short story omnibus Palo Alto has arrived. Based on a collection of short stories by James Franco (who also stars in the film himself), the film features Emma Roberts as part of a group of teenagers dealing with their own complicated lives and decisions in the title California locale. There's a virginal soccer player with a crush on her coach, artists with seemingly no boundaries and plenty more in this film that feels like a sort of abstract John Hughes project. Worth a look? Watch the full trailer below!

 Posted April 1 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Drafthouse Films Lands Acclaimed Sundance Doc 'The Overnighters'

The Overnighters

Now here's some acquisition news that we're very happy to report. One of our favorite, groundbreaking docs out of this year's Sundance Film Festival, called The Overnighters from filmmaker Jesse Moss, has been acquired by Drafthouse Films, the same studio that released The Act of Killing and Nick Cave's 20,000 Days on Earth. Drafthouse announced that it has acquired North American theatrical, home video, transactional and other rights to Jesse Moss' riveting documentary The Overnighters. The film will be released in theaters late 2014, likely making it a strong contender for this year's awards season, but that's too far out to discuss.

 Posted March 31 in Docs, Indies, Movie News | Comments

Linklater's Time Capsule 'Boyhood' Set for July Release This Summer

Boyhood

Briefly: Indie distributor IFC Films has confirmed a summer release date for Richard Linklater's Boyhood, his ambitious time capsule project filmed over the course of 12 years following a boy growing up in Texas. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival to rave reviews (here's my review) and has been touring around to other festivals, stopping at SXSW in Austin and the Berlin Film Festival. There's nothing like it, a must-see for its masterfully captured and beautifully realistic look at growing up, starring Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as the parents, and I hope it does well even in the thick of the summer. Boyhood will open in limited theaters starting July 11th this summer. We'll keep you updated on trailers and more.

 Posted March 27 in Date Changes, Indies, Movie News | Comments

Jesse Eisenberg's Eco-Terrorism Thriller 'Night Moves' Gets US Trailer

Night Moves

After an international trailer for the indie that played festivals in Toronto and Venice arrived last week, the theatrical domestic trailer for Night Moves has arrived as well. Jesse Eisenberg stars in the film about three different people (including Dakota Fanning and Peter Sarsgaard) who come together to bomb a hydroelectric dam. But the film ventures into the moral and ethical dilemmas they face, and seemingly the shifting dynamics among them, after their act of terror unfolds. It looks like a slow-burn, but surely a unique story with a tone that we might not otherwise get from a studio film. Maybe worth a look. Watch!

 Posted March 27 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Clive Owen & Juliette Binoche Find Love in 'Words & Pictures' Trailer

Words & Pictures

It's been awhile since Clive Owen had a big film, but the British actor has kept busy with some lower profile dramas that have hit the festival circuit over the years. In fact, at the Toronto International Film Festival last year, Owen could be seen in both Blood Ties (watch the trailer) and the upbeat romance Words & Pictures. Now the first trailer for the latter film has arrived, showing the former James Bond candidate falling for a feisty painter played by Juliette Binoche. Both seem to be playing American in this one, so that's somewhat interesting, but this looks like your average indie romantic comedy. Watch below!

 Posted March 26 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Focus Features Indie Sci-Fi 'The Signal' Trippy Second Poster Arrives

The Signal

Just after the viral marketing for the indie sci-fi flick The Signal kicked off last week, we got the first trailer for the film that debuted at the Sundance Film Festival. Now a second poster has arrived for the film, and it's pretty trippy. A walking, radiation-suited figure (maybe Laurence Fishburne) is given a kaleidoscopic effect, and it's just a stylish image that catches the eye and even creates a bit of mystery. This is such a cool movie, and we hope audiences will seek it out this summer and enjoy the ominous feel, the twists and turns, and just an original sci-fi flick amongst a pool of franchises, sequels and reboots. Look!

 Posted March 26 in Hype, Indies, Posters, SciFi | Comments

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