"It's time for rock 'n roll made by men!" "Middle-aged men…" Gravitas Ventures has debuted a trailer for an indie rock 'n roll comedy called The Incoherents, marking the feature directorial debut of illustrator / filmmaker Jared Barel. The film stars & is written by Jeff Auer, who plays a bored, 40-something paralegal who hasn’t let go of his dream of rock stardom. It dawns on him that reunions of The Pixies, Soundgarden and other indie rock bands from the 90's could inspire his former group, The Coherents, to come together again. It also stars Walter Hoffman, Casey Clark, Amy Carlson, Annette O'Toole, Kate Arrington, Robert McKay, and Christine Chang. Alex Emanuel, who stars in the role of Jimmy, served as music supervisor, and along with Jeff Auer, wrote the original songs the band performed in the film. Also featuring music by Stew, Jimmy Gnecco, Fiona Silver, and 60/40. Looks like a mid-life-crisis-meets-rocking-out film.
"There's a monster in my room." Uncork'd Ent. has unveiled an official trailer for an indie horror anthology feature titled Evil Little Things, the latest from indie horror filmmaker Matt Green (Digging Up Graves, A Zombie Invasion, No Sin Unpunished). Described as a "deliciously wicked new horror anthology in the tradition of Creepshow", about freaky little toys and/or dolls that come to life and torment people. There is a leprechaun seeking revenge, a doll who goes after her owner, and a clown named Giggles. Evil Little Things stars Hannah Fireman, Courtney Lakin, Jonathan Horne, Piper Collins, L.A. Winters, and Zach Galligan (who played the boy in the Gremlins movies). Available to watch May on VOD for those interested in a slice of creepy horror in their home. Looks like an even crazier Child's Play about killer dolls.
"An eye for an eye." Netflix has debuted the first official trailer for a French crime thriller titled Earth and Blood, also known as La terre et le sang from its original French title. This is the latest film from director Julien Leclercq (Chrysalis, The Assault, The Bouncer), it takes place in the heart of the mountains where a man and his daughter, Said and Sarah, run a sawmill family business hiring mostly ex-cons and young offenders, one of whom hid some drugs in the factory. Things get rough when the gang shows up for their missing drugs. Starring Sami Bouajila and Samy Seghir, with Carole Weyers, Eriq Ebouaney, Sofia Lesaffre, and Eric Kabongo. This is an intense trailer! That music definitely kicks things into high gear when it really gets going. A bit overkill? The story itself seems mostly generic but otherwise this looks good.
"No one makes it out alive!" JB Films has released a trailer for an indie meta-horror horror film called For Jennifer, which originally premiered back in 2018 and is just now getting a VOD release. This is the latest in the Jennifer series created by Jody Barton and James Cullen Bressack. Jennifer, Stefanie, and Joey are making a movie. But soon the lines between what is a movie and what is real begin to disappear. And when making a horror movie, that can be a difference between life and death. Ooooooohhhhh so scary. The meta-horror aspect is because it's about a horror blogger who tries to make a horror movie who realizes there are other horror movies just like it and figures out she is also in a horror movie. Whew. The film stars Tiffani Fest, Felissa Rose, Dominique Swain, Lanett Tachel, Rich Finley, and Nick Kekeris. This is super duper, extra low budget - just seems like a bunch of friends having fun with horror more than anything else.
There is always something extra inviting when it comes to small villages located by the sea. Let's take one from Practical Magic. It makes you want to go there, meet all the people, it makes you feel free and happy. But it's the opposite feeling in Easter Cove, Maine presented in indie noir, Blow the Man Down. Directed and written by Bridget Savage Cole and Danielle Krudy, the film tells the story of Connolly sisters - Priscilla (Sophie Lowe), and Mary Beth (Morgan Saylor). After their mother's passing, the sisters have to figure out the way to save the house from bankruptcy and keep up with their store that Mary Margaret left them. Unfortunately, nothing goes as planned. After a run-in with a dangerous man (Ebon Moss-Bachrach), Mary Beth, with the help of Priscilla, tries to cover up his grim murder. Afterwards, both attempt to come back to their new normal; still, it's not easy, especially with the police asking questions and their mother's friends snooping around. One of them, Enid (Margo Martindale), is particularly interested in the sisters.
"This kind of pain and loss, it cracks you open… But we are made of magic and resilience, Libby." Quiver Distr. has debuted an official trailer for an indie romantic drama titled The Lost Husband, a feature film adapted from the novel of the same name by Katherine Center. Trying to put her life back together after the death of her husband, Libby and her children move to her estranged aunt's goat farm in central Texas. There she falls in with a "gruff farm manager with a tragic past" and, of course, starts to enjoy the country life. Leslie Bibb stars, along with Josh Duhamel, and also Sharon Lawrence, Kevin Alejandro, Georgia King, Carly Pope, Herizen F. Guardiola, Nora Dunn, and Isiah Whitlock Jr. This looks exactly like the country livin', charming, sweet farm romance you'd expect it to look like, which is a good thing this time.
"My wife, my son shouldn't have to dodge bullets!" Quibi has debuted an official trailer for an indie drama titled #FreeRayshawn - not only a hashtag, but an activism movement in the film, and a reference to the plot about a young veteran in a showdown with the New Orleans Police Department. Stephan James from If Beale Street Could Talk plays a young veteran. Laurence Fishburne plays a sympathetic negotiator. And together, they have one brutally stressful day in New Orleans. Rayshawn is an Iraq War vet, setup by the cops, who finds himself in a showdown with SWAT; he tries to talk his way out of the situation with the help of a negotiator. This also features Annabeth Gish, Jasmine Cephas Jones, Thomas Blake Jr., Mitch Eakins, Jesse C. Boyd, and Brandon Severs. Quibi is an app with small videos on offer, this is one of their first "Movies In Chapters" offerings when it launches in April. It is a movie, but it'll be split up.
"When you're a girl, you got the whole world telling you what to do with your body." Amazon Studios has unveiled a new teaser trailer "first look clip" for the film Selah and the Spades, marking the directorial debut of up-and-coming filmmaker Tayarisha Poe. This originally premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival last year, and it also stopped by AFI Fest in the fall. Getting a digital release this spring on Amazon Prime. The film is set at a wealthy private school, which is run by five student factions operating incognito. The main story focuses on Selah, who runs the faction known as the "Spades", and her trials and tribulations when a provocative new student named Paloma challenges her for the throne one year. This stars Lovie Simone as Selah, along with Celeste O'Connor, Jharrel Jerome, Gina Torres, Jesse Williams, and Ana Mulvoy Ten. It's going to end up becoming a cult classic, so keep an eye out for this on Amazon soon.
"I hardly recognize this country anymore…" Peccadillo Pictures has unveiled the first official trailer for an indie drama titled Monsoon, the latest feature from Cambodian-British filmmaker Hong Khaou (also of Lilting previously). This premiered at last year's Karlovy Vary Film Festival, and also played at the Athens and London Film Festivals. Henry Golding stars as Kit, a British-Vietnamese man, who returns to Saigon for the first time in over 30 years, after fleeing during the Vietnam-American War. Monsoon is described as "a rich and poignant reflection on the struggle for identity in a place where the past weighs heavily on the present." The cast also includes Parker Sawyers, David Tran, and Molly Harris. This looks absolutely gorgeous, not only visually but also as deeply intimate storytelling about finding your place in this big world.
"Whoever lost this money is gunna come looking for it." High Octane has unveiled an official trailer for a "rollicking western adventure for the whole family" called Gold Dust, the latest feature written & directed by (and starring) David Wall. Gold Dust is "a wild adventure of treasure and ghosts, mirages and orphans, shattered dreams and lost loves. It blends the stark deadly beauty of the desert with a villain so disarmingly dangerous he becomes terrifyingly elegant. Classical music. Thundering opera. Rattlesnakes and precious gems. Mansions and gold mines. Friendship and despair. Hope. Death. Love. Treasure beyond imagination always vanishes in the desert wind." The film features music from the band Cage The Elephant. And this stars David Wall, Darin Brooks, Chris Romano, Derek Severson, Garrett Marchbank, and David Wysocki. For an indie production, this actually looks pretty good. Might turn out to be a worthwhile watch.
"How many others, Tom?" The first official UK trailer has debuted for a low-budget contained thriller titled Hippopotamus, the feature directorial debut of a young British filmmaker named Edward A. Palmer (aka Ed Palmer), giving us something akin to Saw or 10 Cloverfield Lane. Norwegian actress Ingvild Deila stars as Ruby, a girl who has been kidnapped, but her kidnapper doesn’t want a ransom. He wants her to fall in love with him. Of course he does. The amazing DP Roger Deakins described the film as "mesmerizing" after seeing it at the Plymouth Film Festival. Hippopotamus was shot while Edward was still at university for a mere £5,000, then it toured to over 20 festivals. It will be releasing in the UK coming up soon (straight to VOD it seems) though there's still no US date yet. This looks quite good, I'm curious to see where it leads to.
"Girls - be careful now, there's a lot of evil out there." Saban Films has unveiled a trailer for an indie horror thriller called We Summon the Darkness, described as an 80s "metal mayhem joyride" about a group of friends caught in the middle of a killing spree of murderous Satanists. This originally premiered at Fantastic Fest last fall, and it also played at the Splat! Horror Film Festival in Poland, and Molins Film Festival in Spain. When Val, Beverly, and Alexis meet a group of fun-loving dudes in the parking lot of a heavy metal concert, they all decide to have an after-party, but it isn’t long before the group finds themselves fighting for their lives. This stars Alexandra Daddario, Johnny Knoxville, Keean Johnson, Maddie Hasson, Logan Miller, Amy Forsyth, Allison McAtee, and Tanner Beard. Looks some wild and crazy horror.