INDIE FILMS

Jason Momoa as a Lumberjack in Trailer for Action Thriller 'Braven'

Braven Movie Trailer

"They pushed him to the edge." Saban Films has launched the first official, international trailer for an action thriller film titled Braven, which we haven't heard much about before now but it looks badass. Starring Jason Momoa as a humble lumberback working on the US/Canada border, he must fight back to save and protect his family when "elite" drug runners run into some problems with a shipment of heroin. The full cast includes Garrett Dillahunt, Stephen Lang, Jill Wagner, Brendan Fletcher, Sala Baker, and Zahn McClarnon. This looks like another one of these unassuming-man-is-really-a-badass films, but something about Momoa taking on this group of drug goons seems especially awesome to me. It's worth a quick look.

Megalyn Echikunwoke Stars in First Trailer for Comedy 'Step Sisters'

Step Sisters Trailer

"White people steppin'?!" "I know…" Netflix has unveiled a trailer for an indie comedy titled Step Sisters, a fictionalized feature about a step dancing competition and a sorority. Megalyn Echikunwoke stars as a top-of-the-class woman at a university who is tasked with teaching her "misbehaving, mostly white sorority how to step" but gets into all kinds of trouble when she instead decides to train her rival sorority house to get ready for the competition. The cast includes Matt McGorry, Naturi Naughton, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Marque Richardson, Eden Sher, Lyndon Smith, Gage Golightly, Nia Jervier, and Alessandra Torresani. Unfortunately, this looks pretty terrible, even though there seems to be good intentions behind it. I would recommend just watching the documentary Step instead, about actual step dancers. Have fun.

Very Cool Trailer for Vintage Time Travel Indie Comedy 'Future '38'

Future '38 Movie Trailer

"See you in 1938." Let's kick off the New Year by taking a time travel trip into 2018! A trailer has launched for a wacky little indie film titled Future '38, a spoof of classic screwball comedies from the 1930s. The story involves a man being sent via time travel into the future, 80 years ahead to the year 2018, to help them figure out how to solve their problems in the past. Something about defeating Hitler, but then he falls for a young lady, and it all becomes a big mess. The film's cast features Betty Gilpin, Nick Westrate, Ethan Phillips, Sean Young, Robert John Burke, and Ilana Becker, with an appearance by Neil deGrasse Tyson. This actually looks very fun! Yes, it's super cheesy, but it seems like they nailed the tone and balance of humor and quirk and screwball-ness for a very amusing, entertaining little film. Might be worth a watch.

Nicolas Cage in Official Trailer for Crazy Action Movie 'Mom and Dad'

Mom and Dad Trailer

"We have to get out of the house before mom and dad come home!" Momentum Pictures has released the trailer for Mom and Dad, a wild 'n crazy action movie from Brian Taylor, one half of "Neveldine/Taylor" (of Crank, Crank: High Voltage, Gamer, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance). The concept for this is nuts - something starts making parents go crazy and kill their kids. Yeah, seriously, the opening act shows this and it's freaky. Two kids smarten up and try to safely evade their parents until the madness dies down. Nicolas Cage and Selma Blair star as the parents, and Anne Winters and Zackary Arthur as their kids. I saw this movie at the Sitges Film Festival and it's fun, in a very wicked way, but it's not that great. It's a quick, throwaway late night movie when there's nothing better to watch - and Cage's craziness fits perfectly. Enjoy.

Official Trailer for Underrated Indie 'Freak Show' Starring Alex Lawther

Freak Show Trailer

"What am I going to do with you?" IFC Films has debuted an official US trailer for an underrated indie dramedy titled Freak Show, which played under-the-radar at a few festivals this year after premiering in Berlin. But I'm guessing most people haven't heard of it. Freak Show is about a "fabulous, glitter-bedecked, gender-bending teenager" named Billy Bloom, played by up-and-coming young actor Alex Lawther, and his experiences at a public high school. It tells a very peculiar story of how to be who you are and not let it affect you, even if you're a freak or weirdo or whatever. His mother is played by Bette Midler, and the cast includes Laverne Cox, Ian Nelson, Abigail Breslin, and AnnaSophia Robb. This is actually a very entertaining film that is worth seeking out, no really. I first saw this at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival in the summer, and wrote a review here. It has a great soundtrack and plenty of smart humor. Check it out below.

Jason Clarke in Official Trailer for True Story Drama 'Chappaquiddick'

Chappaquiddick Trailer

"What do we do to help the Senator?" "We tell the truth…" Entertainment Studios has unveiled the first official trailer for a film titled Chappaquiddick, referencing the Chappaquiddick Island in Massachusetts and the accident that occurred there in 1969. This first premiered at the Toronto Film Festival this year to mostly positive reviews, and will hit theaters in April. Chappaquiddick stars Jason Clarke as politician Ted Kennedy, whose political career became derailed in the aftermath of a fatal car accident that claimed the life of a young campaign strategist, Mary Jo Kopechne, as played by Kate Mara. The film's full cast includes Clancy Brown, Ed Helms, Bruce Dern, Jim Gaffigan, Andria Blackman, Olivia Thirlby, and Taylor Nichols. This looks damn good, seems to be a solid political thriller with some intricate twists.

First Trailer for Comedy 'Entanglement' Starring Thomas Middleditch

Entanglement Trailer

"Every choice we make creates thousands of universes, spreading throughout time and space…" Dark Star Pictures has released the official trailer for an indie "alternative" romantic comedy titled Entanglement, from filmmaker Jason James. The film first premiered at the Seattle Film Festival and stars up-and-coming awkward actor Thomas Middleditch and the talented Jess Weixler (from Teeth). The story follows Middleditch as Ben, a man who accidentally falls in love with a girl who was very nearly, almost his sister while recovering from a suicide attempt. Then things get weird. The full cast includes Diana Bang, Randal Edwards, Marilyn Norry, Eric Keenleyside, and Nicole LaPlaca. This looks like one of those ideally quintessential indie films with all the right romantic touches and existential questions, and I want to see it.

Official Trailer for 'Half Magic' - Heather Graham's Directorial Debut

Half Magic Trailer

"Why are we sitting around talking about how sad our lives are?" Momentum Pictures has unveiled the first official trailer for an indie romantic comedy titled Half Magic, the feature directorial debut of actress Heather Graham, who also stars in the film in the lead role as "Honey". Half Magic is a story all about female empowerment in relationships, the work place, and in sex. Graham herself stars as woman working in Hollywood, based on her own experiences. The ensemble cast also features Angela Kinsey, Stephanie Beatriz, Jason Lewis, Thomas Lennon, and Chris D'Elia. This also features music by Moby, which is pretty cool. This looks quirky, spunky, and amusing, I'm certainly curious about it. Might be worth a watch.

Official Trailer for True Story Punk Rock Indie Thriller Film 'Bomb City'

Bomb City Trailer

"My entire life people tried to rattle my cage, to force me to explode from the inside out." Gravitas Ventures has unveiled an official trailer for an indie drama titled Bomb City, based on a true story of a punk rock hate crime in Amarillo, Texas in 1997. The title Bomb City refers to the name of a rundown venue where a guy known as Brian Deneke hosts punk shows. After losing a football game, high school jocks from a group known as the "white-hatters" start a big street fight with the punks. Dave Davis stars as Brian, and the cast includes Glenn Morshower, Logan Huffman, Lorelei Linklater, Eddie Hassell, Henry Knotts, Maemae Renfrow, Dominic Ryan Gabriel, Luke Shelton, Cody Cates, with Marilyn Manson. This looks like a damn good film, with what seems to be a stellar performance from Dave Davis. Worth a watch.

Trailer for Indie Sci-Fi Thriller 'Diverge' from Director James Morrison

Diverge Trailer

"This didn't have to happen. You can stop it…" Gravitas Ventures has released an official trailer for an indie sci-fi post apocalyptic thriller titled Diverge, which has played at a bunch of sci-fi/genre film festivals all over the world the last two years. The film follows a lonely survivor of a deadly virus who is given the chance to reclaim his lost life by stopping the man responsible for the disease. Described as "equal parts science fiction and morality tale, Diverge tells the story of how the choices of one can have dire consequences for all." It's apparently much more philosophical and poetic than expected. Starring Ivan Sandomire, Jamie Jackson, Andrew Sensing, with a hypnotic new score by the Blair Brothers. Watch the trailer below.

Jack Black as Pennsylvania's Polka King in Trailer for 'The Polka King'

The Polka King Trailer

"I heard that people are investing money in you." Netflix has finally unveiled the official trailer for The Polka King, a film which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this year (back in January) and will be released on Netflix just before the Sundance Film Festival next year (in early 2018). Jack Black stars as Jan Lewan, a Polish immigrant who became the "King of Pennsylvania Polka" and started a Polka Ponzi scheme. This is based on a true story and it almost seems too crazy to be real, but it is. The cast includes Jenny Slate, Jason Schwartzman, Jacki Weaver, J.B. Smoove, and Willie Garson. This reminds me of Jack Black's other good dramatic role, in Linklater's Bernie, but it's an entirely different story. I heard some solid buzz on this at Sundance, but it seems to have been forgotten until its return now. Take a look.

Trailer for 'The Miracle Season' Inspiring True Story of Volleyball Team

The Miracle Season

"How is the team looking?" LD Entertainment has debuted a trailer for a true story film titled The Miracle Season, about a high school girls' volleyball team that had to overcome a tragic loss of one of their players. The cast of the film is lead by Helen Hunt, William Hurt, Danika Yarosh, Erin Moriarty, as well as Tiera Skovbye and Nesta Cooper. The Miracle Season is based on the inspiring true story of West High School girls' volleyball team. In 2011, their star player Caroline Found tragically died in a moped accident, but the team (and the entire town) came together and overcame the odds. The story was already profiled on HBO's "Real Sports" series, but this is the feature film version. The title reminds me of The Winning Season, but this is probably closer to We Are Marshall than anything else. Another inspiring sports story to enjoy.

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