"This night… will open our eyes." RLJE Films has released an official trailer for an indie titled Shoplifters of the World, from a British director of music docs named Stephen Kijak (Stones in Exile, We Are X, If I Leave Here Tomorrow, Sid & Judy). Set in the summer of 1987 in Denver, Colorado, the film follows four friends. One crazy night in the life of four friends reeling from the sudden demise of iconic British band The Smiths, while the local airwaves are hijacked at gunpoint by an impassioned Smiths fan. Starring Helena Howard, Ellar Coltrane, Elena Kampouris, Nick Krause, James Bloor, Thomas Lennon, and Joe Manganiello. This isn't the only Smiths tribute film (also: The More You Ignore Me) but it does look like this'll be good. "Featuring an incredible soundtrack – including 20 songs from The Smiths – Shoplifters of the World is a glorious ode to the craziness of the '80s and the power of music to change people's lives."
"I need you to do something for me…" An early festival promo trailer has debuted for a mysterious indie thriller titled Drive All Night, marking the feature directorial debut of the Bay Area's Peter Hsieh, most known for his stage plays. The film follows Dave, a reclusive swing-shift taxi driver, whose night takes an unexpected turn after he picks up a mysterious passenger, Cara, a young woman hiding a dark secret. As she makes him drive through the city on a series of bizarre excursions, things get increasingly more surreal the further into the night they go. Very cool. "I wanted to develop a complex and layered narrative that became increasingly more dream-like and surreal as the story developed. My goal is to take the audience down the rabbit hole on a fever dream trip through wonderland and hopefully have them come out the other side both baffled and entertained," says Hsieh. This stars Yutaka Takeuchi, Lexy Hammonds, Sarah Dumont, and Johnny Gilligan. I like the hyper-stylized look of it, even though I have no idea what's going on here.
"When you're a superhero, sometimes you have to be careful what you wish for…" Gravitas has revealed an official trailer for an indie drama My True Fairytale, marking the feature directorial debut of D. Mitry. The short synopsis sets this up quite well: Angie Goodwin runs away after a horrific car crash to make her dream of becoming a superhero come true. The other synopsis says after the crash, Angie "decides to fulfill her childhood fantasy and embarks on a mysterious journey." Her recovery process is very strange. Starring Emma Kennedy as Angie, Darri Ingolfsson, Corin Nemec, Taylor Cole, Alyshia Ochse, Arnold Chun, Hector Hugo, Morgan Lindholm, BJ Mitchell, Juliana Destefano, and Mark Daugherty. This looks quite odd, not exactly as the description explains, but it might still be a worthwhile story to tell.
"We can't afford any mishaps." Prankster Ent. has released the official trailer for the indie comedy titled Free Byrd, an amusing road trip adventure from filmmaker Tony Vidal. Arriving on VOD this April. Jay Butler is a lovable underachiever who works as a van driver at an assisted living community. Harry Byrd is being kicked out for general irascibility. Jay is assigned to drive Harry to a new home. Along the way, they have a variety of misadventures, including being picked up by a troupe of burlesque dancers and performing an impromptu comedy act. An entertaining & enlightening journey where the older Harry gives middle-aged Jay perspective on life. With Raymond J. Barry, Randy Nazarian, Shondrella Avery, Bob Turton, Jeanne Young, Toktam Aboozary, Teruko Nakajima, & Bettina Devin. Looks like some kooky fun.
"Take them off! Take them off!" Trinity Creative has released an official trailer for a feel good buddy comedy titled Running Naked, which arrives on VOD this spring after first premiering at the Beijing and Portland Film Festivals last year. From Emmy-winning director Victor Buhler, comes a heartfelt and moving tale that draws upon writer Jennifer Knowles personal experience as a cancer survivor. "In a world where cancer affects so many lives, Running Naked brings a positive and hopeful message to everyone and anyone whose life has been touched by the disease." The story follows cancer survivors Ben and Mark, whose friendship is tested when some news forces them to change their perspectives. Starring Matthew McNulty, Andrew Gower, Rakhee Thakrar, Tamzin Merchant, & Kiran Sonia Sawar. Looks like quirky, heartfelt fun.
"They're not people, they're weapons!" Vertical Ent. has released an official trailer for an indie sci-fi thriller about mutants, of course, called Enhanced. There are so many mutants films nowadays, it's becoming a dime-a-dozen and they're not that original anymore. A young woman with "enhanced" abilities finds herself hunted down by a sinister government organization. But when an even stronger mutant serial killer emerges on the scene, agents and mutants are forced to question their allegiances. Alanna Bale stars, with George Tchortov, Adrian Holmes, Chris Mark, Eric Hicks, Michael J. Delaney, and Patrick Sabongui. This is made by a former stuntman, so at least the action looks cool, but not sure the rest of it'll be any good.
"What should I do now that I lost my faith?" Magnolia Pictures has released their own official US trailer for About Endlessness, the final film from iconic Swedish filmmaker Roy Andersson. This first premiered at the 2019 Venice Film Festival, where Andersson won Best Director, primarily as a nod to all of his work over the years.. Andersson's last film before this was A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence in 2014, and this one looks just as bleak and absurd and fascinating. As is usual with his films anyway, this one only features a description says it is "a reflection on human life in all its beauty and cruelty, its splendour and banality." Featuring Tatiana Delaunay and Martin Serner. Andersson is one of those funky niche filmmakers that not many are familiar with, but he has a very distinct style and I recommend exploring his work if you're brave enough. If anything in here catches your eye, it's worth a watch to see how it plays out.
"You don't even need to wear make-up." An early promo trailer has debuted for an indie drama titled The Fallout, marking the feature directorial debut of Canadian actress Megan Park, who wrote and directed this film. Park's The Fallout is premiering at the 2021 SXSW Film Festival in a few weeks in the Narrative Competition category. High schooler Vada navigates the emotional fallout she experiences in the wake of a school tragedy. Relationships with her family, friends and view of the world are forever altered. Described as a film about "the unseen faces of a tragedy, those who can't turn their pain into effecting positive change in the world because they are too afraid to leave their bedrooms." Starring Jenna Ortega, Maddie Ziegler, Niles Fitch, Will Ropp, Lumi Pollack, John Ortiz, Julie Bowen, and Shailene Woodley. Featuring the song "While You Sleep" written and performed by Maisy Stella & Lennon Stella. Get a first look below.
"Who IS this guy!?" Cranked Up Films has released an official trailer for an indie mockumentary titled 15 Things You Didn't Know About Bigfoot (#1 Will Blow Your Mind), which is the official full title. It's also listed as The VICE Guide to Bigfoot, but I like this other title more. The feature-length debut from filmmaker Zach Lamplugh, 15 Things You Didn't Know About Bigfoot is "a whip-smart send-up of millennial culture and clickbait news that constantly subverts expectations. Part satire, part mockumentary, the movie is an original vision from Lamplugh and his filmmaking cohorts Emond and Tim Reis." Described as a "paranormal comedy" of sorts, the mockumentary film follows a hopelessly millennial reporter on the most important assignment of his career: Bigfoot. But after following a prominent cryptozoologist into the Appalachian foothills, he's forced to answer the question "is a good story worth dying for?" This might play well as a double feature with The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot as well. Beware of Sasquatch.
"When I hear certain sounds, I don't just hear them… I see them." A festival promo trailer has debuted for a horror thriller titled Sound of Violence, marking the feature directorial debut of filmmaker Alex Noyer. This is premiering at the SXSW Film Festival this month, playing in the Midnighters section. A girl recovers her hearing and gains abilities during the brutal murder of her family. Finding solace in the sounds of bodily harm, as an adult, she pursues a career in music composing her masterpiece through gruesome murders. Her ultimate creative design comes to fruition with a young drummer and the perfect beat. The cast includes Jasmin Savoy Brown as Alexis, Lili Simmons, James Jagger, and Tessa Munro. This is a wickedly wild and crazy concept for a horror film, mixing social media craze, fame & fortune, and violence all in one.
"It's just words! It doesn't mean anything!" Gravitas has released a new official US trailer for an indie dark comedy from the UK called Say Your Prayers, the second feature directed by Harry Michell (also of Chubby Funny previously). This opened in the UK last fall, and arrives in the US this spring to watch. Two orphaned brothers turned radical Christian hitmen venture to rural Ilkley (north of Manchester - see Google Maps) under the instruction of Father Enoch. Their mission: assassinate the Professor John Huxley, famed atheist writer. The cast features Harry Melling and Tom Brooke, with Derek Jacobi, Roger Allam, Anna Maxwell Martin, and Vinette Robinson. This looks like it gets super wacky weird and crazy, but I like that they're making fun of religion in a blatant way. More of this kind of dark humor to laugh at, please.
"Only reason you're here is ’cause I spared you." FS.net is honored to exclusively premiere the first official trailer for an indie thriller titled Downeast, the latest feature from actor / filmmaker Joe Raffa. The film is premiering at the 2021 Garden State Film Festival later this month, and this trailer is being released early to build up some buzz. Written and directed by Raffa, Downeast is a story of love, loss, and redemption diving into the often ignored seedy underbelly of Maine. The story follows a woman who returns to her hometown and begins to uncover the web of lies the town has been keeping while reconnecting with an old flame. The film combines crime, revenge and most importantly, the hope for a new life. Starring Greg Finley, Dylan Silver, Judson Mills, Kirk Fox, and Gareth Williams. This looks like a gritty, rough and tumble mob thriller exploring the not-so-nice side of Maine - not something we see too often. View the first trailer below.