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"It's not what we think it is!" eOne Films reveals the official US trailer for an indie psychological thriller titled Flashback, formerly known as The Education of Fredrick Fitzell when it first premiered at the Sitges Film Festival last year (we posted a trailer then, too). Dylan O'Brien stars as Fredrick Fitzell, who seems to have a perfect life with a corporate job and relationship. But after a chance encounter with a man forgotten from his youth, Fred literally and metaphorically journeys into his past, to figure out something that has been hiding there for years. The cast includes Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Hannah Gross, Emory Cohen, Amanda Brugel, and Aaron Poole. There's a bunch of strange things going on in here, not only flashbacks and timeline flips, but lots of odd characters around. Worth a look if you dig mysteries.
"How ’bout we just go off somewhere together?" Freestyle Digital Media has released the official trailer for an indie romance musical titled Best Summer Ever. This originally premiered last year at the Martha's Vineyard Film Festival, and also stopped by the Portland, Heartland, and Maui Film Festivals. A fresh and exhilarating take on the beloved teen musical genre featuring eight original songs and a fully integrated cast and crew of people with and without disabilities. Sage (Shannon DeVido) and Anthony (Rickey Wilson, Jr.) have the "Best Summer Ever" and fall in love at a dance camp. Not expecting to see each other again until the following summer, Sage, by a twist of fate, arrives unexpectedly at the exact same high school as Anthony. Now they must navigate volatile high school life and hope their love remains. Also starring Jacob Waltuck, MuMu, Holly Palmer, Ajani A.J. Murray, Emily Kranking, with Maggie Gyllenhaal, Peter Sarsgaard, and Benjamin Bratt. This looks good! A clever, timely remix on high school romance.
"Yeah… I'm Andie Offerman… the girl who can't keep a job and has absolutely no direction in life." Trinity Creative Partnership has released an official trailer for an indie coming-of-age comedy titled Andie the Great, marking the feature directorial debut of filmmakers David Laurence & Josh Romyn. After dropping out of University and moving back in with her parents, Andie tries to figure out her place in the world. A charming, low key indie film about trying to figure yourself out and make sense of the many pressures in life to be someone. Starring Matreya Scarrwener as "Andie the Great", along with Jacqueline Robbins, Joyce Robbins, Alex Barima, Ameko Eks Mass Carroll, and Dolly Scarr. This looks like it has some nice charm and heaps of honesty about how challenging it is to navigate life these days. Check it out below.
"This city chews ’em up, and it spits ’em out." Saban Films + Paramount have released an official trailer for yet another small town football underdog sports story called Under the Stadium Lights, also known as Brother's Keeper. The film tells the true story of the 2009 Abilene High School Football team. After a crushing defeat ended their prior season, everyone counted the Abilene Eagles out of title contention. Facing doubts and personal challenges both on and off the field, it will take the guidance of their team chaplain and a surrogate father figure for them to realize what they can achieve when they stand united as a team. Isn't it the same thing for every underdog sports story? Under the Stadium Lights stars Milo Gibson, Abigail Hawk, Acoryé White, Carter Redwood, Germain Arroyo, Adrian Favela, Eddie George, Glenn Morshower, with Noel G. and Laurence Fishburne. This is another one of those "do you remember this game?" stories. But it doesn't seem that unique, and this trailer is extremely cheesy from start to finish.
"I just wanna know if the Water Man is real!" Me too, Gunner! RLJE Films has revealed the first official trailer for The Water Man, the feature directorial debut of acclaimed British actor David Oyelowo. This initially premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last year, and it's debuting exclusively in theaters to start coming up this May. A boy sets out on a quest to save his ill mother by searching for a mythic figure said to have magical healing powers. Described as an "engaging family film with a light touch." Starring Lonnie Chavis as Gunner, and Amiah Miller as Joe, plus David Oyelowo, Rosario Dawson, Alfred Molina, Ted Rooney, and Maria Bello. This looks solid, with some cool fantasy elements to it. I like that the kid carries a sword around with him, but consider it's PG I don't think he uses it for much besides defense. But it reminds me of the way I used to go around when I was growing up. Don't skip this one - it's worth a look.
"If someone dies in a bad way, the energy imprints on the surroundings. If you're sensitive, you can pick up on it…" RLJE Films has released an official trailer for an indie horror film called Seance, marking the feature directorial debut of writer Simon Barrett (of You're Next, The Guest). Camille is the new girl at the prestigious Edelvine Academy for Girls. Soon after her arrival, six girls invite her to join them in a late-night ritual, calling forth the spirit of a dead former student who haunts their halls. But before morning, one of them is dead. This seems like a much darker, supernatural twist on The Craft, or maybe it's something else. Starring Suki Waterhouse, Madisen Beaty, Ella-Rae Smith, Inanna Sarkis, Seamus Patterson, and Marina Stephenson-Kerr. Hmmm. I was expecting this to look better than it does, it's not so scary.
"For the first time, I didn't feel so alone…" Disney has released an official trailer for a new short film series steaming on Disney+ called Launchpad. "Discover the magic that connects us." Bold new storytelling from six new filmmakers with unique perspectives in Disney's Launchpad, arriving in May. The series will feature six different shorts at launch - titled: American Eid, Dinner is Served, Growing Fangs, The Last of the Chupacabras, Let's Be Tigers, and The Little Prince(ss). Much like the Pixar SparkShorts series, they want to tell us stories that we don't usually hear - from a diverse set of voices, about underrepresented people trying to be themselves. Most of them are about teens or kids - one of them is about a half human / half vampire, one of them is about a Mexican-American struggling to carry on her traditions, one of them is about a 7-year-old Chinese kid who loves ballet. This trailer features footage from all six shorts cut together. We love featuring short films on this site, and I'm glad that Disney is highlighting them, as they're always a great way for filmmakers to showcase their talent without all the cost of making a full-length feature. Enjoy.
"You always say never turn your back on family, but you turned your back on me. Now your little family is in my world." Universal has revealed a second official trailer for Justin Lin's Fast & Furious 9, aka F9, the latest installment in the never-ending "Fast Saga". This was delayed from last year and it will now open this June, after waiting for cinemas to start re-opening. The first trailer debuted a year ago. Even when lying low, they family must go out to save the world again. "The action hurtles around the globe—from London to Tokyo, from Central America to Edinburgh, and from a secret bunker in Azerbaijan to the teeming streets of Tbilisi. Along the way, old friends will be resurrected, old foes will return, history will be rewritten, and the true meaning of family will be tested like never before." With Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Jordana Brewster, Nathalie Emmanuel, Charlize Theron, and Helen Mirren. The ending of this is a tease that "Fast & Furious in space" is next, right? Crank it up!
"You're brothers… you're supposed to lift each other up." Vertical Entertainment has debuted an official US trailer for an indie drama titled Blast Beat, which originally premiered at the (last year's) 2020 Sundance Film Festival. The film follows two young brothers from Colombia who struggle to fit into their new lives in suburban America. Blast Beat features an incredible and diverse cast of Mateo & Moises Arias, Daniel Dae Kim, Kali Uchis, Diane Guererro, plus Wilmer Valderrama. The film is a contemporary, Latinx immigration story that also features elements of heavy metal music via the character's interests, hence the film's title. Described as a "terrific bilingual debut that keenly scrutinizes the American Dream, those who pursue it vehemently, and the ones who reject it as the sole avenue to fulfillment." This looks so damn good.
"If you can rock these bones, you can start a cult." After all the other sports have been mocked in comedies, what's left? They just did ladies arm wrestling, now it's time for dominoes! TriCoast Ent. has released an official trailer for an indie titled Domino: Battle of the Bones, a new sports comedy about the little black and white tiles. A fallen domino champion from Compton enlists his savant, white, step-grandson to help him win an off-the-wall and shady as hell dominoes tournament in the hopes of reclaiming his former hood glory. Domino: Battle of the Bones stars multi-award winning actor David Arquette, along with Snoop Dogg, Lou Beatty Jr., Tasie Lawrence, Megan Sousa, Anthony 'Scruncho' McKinley, Tom 'Tiny' Lister Jr., Godfrey, and Haha Davis. And featuring original music by Bart Oatmeal and Mike & Keys. This doesn't look like a knock out, but it does look like fun, with plenty of ridiculous domino-related humor.
"It hasn't finished yet…" Lightbulb Film Dist. has released a full UK trailer for the dystopian fantasy-thriller Undergods, which originally premiered at the Fantasia Film Festival last year (view a promo trailer from then). The film played at the Glasgow Film Festival in February and went on to receive two BIFA (British Independent Film Award) noms. In a futuristic, post-apocalyptic world, K and Z roam the streets on the lookout for corpses and something even more valuable - fresh meat. What follows is a series of narratives, overlapping and weaving through time & space with remarkable grace & ease. The threads come together elegantly as stories layer upon each other & crescendo towards a powerful, satisfying conclusion. The key cast includes Kate Dickie, Ned Dennehy, Geza Rohrig, Adrian Rawlins, and an especially crazed Jan Bijvoet. This looks delightfully unique & kooky, still not sure what to make of it but I'm certainly intrigued.
"I'm just a guy who says… 'I can do some good here.'" Discovery+ has released the first official trailer for a documentary called Citizen Penn, indeed about the actor Sean Penn. But this is about the time in 2010 he decided to gather aid workers and fly down to the Caribbean nation of Haiti to help with recovery after a massive earthquake hit the island. After a devastating 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti in 2010 aid workers from around the world went to help. After a few weeks, Penn stayed much longer and created an organization called J/P HRO (now CORE) that took over managing a rescue camp. Over the past few years, CORE has expanded efforts across the U.S., most recently organizing free COVID-19 testing sites around the country and running the nation's largest vaccination site in LA. Citizen Penn highlights the team and their current projects and history. Love him or hate him, this actually looks like a compelling, no-bullshit profile of the actor and his humanitarian work. Featuring an original score by Linda Perry, and an original song by Bono.