Mickey Reece's Nashville Surrealist Comedy 'Country Gold' Trailer

Country Gold Trailer

"Hell Troyal, it's Nashville, everybody down here's a musician." Fandor has revealed an official trailer for a fascinating, surrealist comedy indie creation called Country Gold, the latest from experimental filmmaker Mickey Reece. This premiered at the Fantasia Film Festival last year and is screening now at the Glasgow Film Festival before a small theatrical opening in the US. Set In 1994, the trailer introduces up-and-coming country music star Troyal Brux (portrayed by Reece himself, in reference to Garth Brooks), as he joins Country legend George Jones (portrayed by Ben Hall, in a wildly hailed performance) for a wild bender in Nashville - the night before George plans to get cryogenically frozen. It "harkens back to an earlier Reece opus, the award-winning Alien, which reimagined the early days of Elvis and Pricilla Presley's marriage." If you're interested, there's screenings at select Alamo Drafthouses, presented by Fantastic Fest, and more theaters across the nation. Reece will be in attendance at select engagements in New York, LA, and Austin.


 Posted on March 8 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | 1 Comment

Home Invasion Horror 'The Wrath of Becky' Teaser with Lulu Wilson

The Wrath of Becky Trailer

"I'm supposed to believe that a little girl is doing all of this on her own." An quick trailer has been released for the home invasion revenge horror film The Wrath of Becky, from filmmakers Matt Angel & Suzanne Coote. The film is actually a sequel to the 2020 film Becky (described as a "drive-in sensation"), and actress Lulu Wilson returns to star as the titular character. Two years after she escaped a violent attack on her family, Becky attempts to rebuild her life in the care of an older woman - a kindred spirit named Elena. But when a group known as the "Noble Men" break in, attack them, and take her beloved dog, Diego, Becky must return to her old ways to protect herself and her loved ones. The cast also includes Seann William Scott, Denise Burse, Jill Larson, Courtney Gains, Michael Sirow, Aaron Dalla Villa, Matt Angel, and Kate Siegel. This is premiering in the Midnighters section at the 2023 SXSW Film Festival in a few weeks - with this trailer debuting to build up some buzz, even though it doesn't show much. But it does look gnarly.


 Posted on March 7 in Horror, Indies, To Watch, Trailer | 1 Comment

First Trailer for Panamanian Film 'Sister & Sister' Premiering at SXSW

Sister & Sister Trailer

"What do you mean 'just skate?'" A fest promo trailer has debuted for an indie film titled Sister & Sister, which is premiering at the 2023 SXSW Film Festival this month. It's the feature debut of Panamanian-Costa Rican filmmaker Kattia G. Zúñiga, telling a very personal story. An intimate and tender tale of sisterhood in the urban tropics, starring newcomers Ariana Chaves Gavilán & Cala Rossel Campos, the film tells the story of Marina and Luna, who travel from Costa Rica to Panama during summer vacation to look for their absent father. They explore new friendships, lovers, desires, as well as the simple joy of just hanging out. The cast also includes Gabriela Man, Fernando Bonilla, Joshua De León, Lía Jiménez, Michelle Quiñones, Angello Morales, and Mir Rodríguez. This is a lovely, upbeat trailer that has strong vibes of nostalgia and the bliss of youthful casualness. Looks like it might be a good one to see at SXSW this month.


 Posted on March 6 in Foreign Films, Indies, SXSW, To Watch, Trailer | 1 Comment

US Trailer for Dardennes' Immigrants in Belgium Drama 'Tori & Lokita'

Tori & Lokita Trailer

"This is best for us and for you." Sideshow & Janus Films have unveiled another new US trailer for the indie drama from Belgium titled Tori and Lokita, the latest film from acclaimed Belgian filmmaking brothers Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne (aka Dardenne Brothers). This premiered at last year's 2022 Cannes Film Festival to mixed & negative reviews, with only a few saying good things. Set in Belgium today, a young boy and an adolescent girl who have traveled alone from Africa pit their invincible friendship against the cruel conditions of their exile. They work for a drug dealer who also moonlights as an Italian chef, and things get bad when Lokita tries to earn more money working in the depths of a grow warehouse. The film stars Pablo Schils and Joely Mbundu as Tori and Lokita, with Alban Ukaj, Tijmen Govaerts, Charlotte De Bruyne, Nadège Ouedraogo, and Marc Zinga. It's finally opening in the US this March, but only in NY to start. This is a powerful trailer, I just don't know how many people will be interested in watching the film.


 Posted on March 6 in Foreign Films, Indies, To Watch, Trailer | 1 Comment

Official Trailer for Super Low Budget Sci-Fi Multiverse Film 'Interface'

Interface Trailer

"I think there may be a way to bring Michelle back…" Gravitas Venture has revealed the official trailer for an indie sci-fi thriller titled Interface, a very low budget creation from filmmaker Kemo Diatta (who goes by just "Kema" in this trailer). He is making his feature directorial debut, and co-wrote the script and also produced. This looks like one of the only other indie Multiverse creations aside from EEAAO, but it doesn't look it's any good at all. After tragically losing their father, two sisters try to save their estranged mother by tracking down an Interface machine across the multiverse that will allow them to go into her mind and bring her back from a coma. The indie stars Samm Wiechec, Makenna Perkal, Havon Baraka, Michael Sigler, Robyne Richards, Joshua Weyers, Andrew Vela, Daniel Fitzgerald, and Katie Kay. I'm all for clever sci-fi, but this looks like a student film that has ripped off so many other films it's not even funny.


 Posted on March 6 in Indies, Sci-Fi, To Watch, Trailer | 1 Comment

Official Trailer for 'Malum' - A Demonic Remake of Horror 'Last Shift'

Malum Trailer

"Your daddy started something very important…" Welcome Villain has unveiled the official trailer for an indie horror film titled Malum, arriving in theaters only at the end of March. This is actually a new remake of the 2014 horror film Last Shift, made by the same filmmaker updating his own film, similar to the way Sam Raimi made Evil Dead 1 & 2. Helmed by director Anthony DiBlasi (Last Shift, Dread, Extremity) and co-written by DiBlasi and Scott Poiley (Last Shift, Missionary, Exhume), Malum re-imagines the original critically-acclaimed horror hit from the festival circuit and expands on the filmmaker's vision of nightmare-inducing terror. A rookie police officer willingly takes the last shift at a newly decommissioned police station in an attempt to uncover the mysterious connection between her police officer father's death and a vicious cult. This updated film stars Jessica Sula as Jessica Loren, with Kevin Wayne, Monroe Cline, Candice Coke, Valerie Loo, Clarke Wolfe, Natalie Victoria. This does look pretty freaky. Let the ritual begin…


 Posted on March 5 in Horror, Indies, To Watch, Trailer | 1 Comment

2023 Indie Spirit Awards: 'Everything Everywhere' Lands 7 Wins Total

2023 Indie Spirit Awards

The Independent Spirit Awards are an annual award given in the name of independent film, featuring all of the indie films which deserve honor and recognition - celebrating their 38th year. The 2023 winners of the Spirit Awards were announced Saturday evening, in their usual spot in Santa Monica near the beach - this time just a week before the Oscars. The big winner this year is, of course: Everything Everywhere All at Once, which took home a total of seven major awards - including Best Director, Best Screenplay, all three of the Best Performances wins (go Michelle Yeoh!!), and Best Feature. The other nominations from all the 2022 releases included many excellent indie films many critics have been talking up all year, deserving of some extra time in the spotlight - gems like Murina from Croatia, A Love Song from Colorado, Emily the Criminal with Aubrey Plaza, Kogonada's minimal sci-fi After Yang. These awards are always a nice counter-balance to the Oscars, so many underrated films worth recommending. Read on for the list of 2023 winners.


 Posted on March 5 in Awards, Indies, Movie News | Comments

Here's All the Trailers Available for Festival Films from Berlinale 2023

Berlinale 2023 Trailers

"Let go of all of that anger that's holding you back… from truly living your life." Good advice!! With the 2023 Berlin Film Festival wrapped up, it's time to look back and highlight a few of the films playing in the line-up. Below is a small but mighty collection of trailers currently out for films that premiered at this year's Berlinale - including Golden Bear winner Sur l'Adamant, the doc Hello Dankness about America, animated film The Siren, Norwegian drama Dancing Queen, Hungarian sci-fi White Plastic Sky, and plenty of others - a mix of documentaries and narrative features. Dive in and discover something that you've never heard of!! We already posted a few other trailers before the fest began: Seneca with John Malkovich, Christian Petzold's Afire, Korean film Kill Boksoon, The Echo (a terrific doc), and German film Someday We'll Tell Each Other Everything. Aside from those, this trailer post features almost everything available to watch now - 26 trailers in total. Stay tuned for more updates throughout this year as the films are unveiled.

Murakami Stories in Animation 'Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman' Trailer

Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman Trailer

"Living with you… was like living with a chunk of air." Zeitgeist Films has revealed the official US trailer with English dubbing for an acclaimed indie animated film titled Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman, the feature directorial debut of composer Pierre Földes. This premiered at last year's Annecy Film Festival, also stopping by the Toronto & Busan Film Festivals. Based on several short stories by the renowned Japanese author Haruki Murakami (of Drive My Car, Norwegian Wood). Utilizing a surreal hybrid animation style that incorporates live-action references, 3D modeling, and traditional layouts, the film begins in Tokyo just days after the earthquake of 2011. Aided by a lost cat and a loquacious giant frog, an unambitious salesman, his frustrated wife and a schizophrenic accountant are called upon to save their city from obliteration and find meaning in their lives. "It is sure to appeal to the wide range of Murakami fans and hopefully anyone who wants to take a wild and imaginative ride into a world that seems oddly no stranger than our own." We featured a trailer last year, but this is a reminder that it's opening soon in the US in limited theaters. Enjoy.


 Posted on March 3 in Animation, Indies, To Watch, Trailer | 1 Comment

Lovely Trailer for 'Chantilly Bridge' - A Follow-Up to 'Chantilly Lace'

Chantilly Bridge Trailer

"There is a land of the living, and the land of the dead, and the bridge is love – the only survival, the only meaning." Quiver Distr. has released an official trailer for an indie dramedy titled Chantilly Bridge, the latest from filmmaker Linda Yellen. The film is a follow-up to her feature Chantilly Lace from 1993, which was shot at the Sundance resort, a 30-years-later look (though the movie says it's 25 years later) at these same friends and what they're up to nowadays. Years later, the same brilliant actresses from Chantilly Lace return to bring their characters to life again in Chantilly Bridge. In a rare cinematic experience that travels back and forth between films, the characters' memories implode on the present. With unpredictable humor and searing honesty they confront old resentments, celebrate milestones, and rediscover the unbreakable bond among friends who knew each other when, there for each other now. Starring Lindsay Crouse, Jill Eikenberry, Patricia Richardson, Talia Shire, Ally Sheedy, Helen Slater, JoBeth Williams, and Naaji Sky Adzimah. Featuring music & songs by Judy Collins. Looks like a heartwarming, uplifting film.


 Posted on March 3 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | 1 Comment

US Trailer for Chilean Film 'The Cow Who Sang a Song Into the Future'

The Cow Who Sang a Song Into the Future Trailer

"There will always be things we can't explain." Kino Lorber has unveiled an official US trailer for a Chilean film with the exquisite title The Cow Who Sang a Song Into the Future. What a name for a film! This initially premiered at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival last year, before stopping by numerous other film festivals throughout 2022. It's set for a small theatrical release in the US starting this May. It's one of these very artsy cinematic creations that is indescribable, but we'll try anyway. Cecilia travels to her father's farm after he has a heart attack. Back in her childhood home, Cecilia is met by her long-deceased mother whose presence brings to life a painful past chorused by the natural world surrounding them. "A lyrical rumination on family, nature, renewal, and resurrection, The Cow Who Sang A Song Into The Future is an ambitious proposal for acceptance and healing, suggesting that the dead return when they are most needed." Starring Mía Maestro, Enzo Ferrada, Benjamin Soto, Leonor Varela, Frederique Gudelj, and Laura del Río. Reviews call it a "magical realist eco-fable" which totally sounds like my jam. Keep an eye out for this.


 Posted on March 2 in Foreign Films, Indies, To Watch, Trailer | 1 Comment

Official Trailer for 'Followers' Found Footage Influencer Ghost Horror

Followers Trailer

"I'm gonna prove that there's a ghost here – a real one." Terror Films has released a new US trailer for an indie horror comedy titled Followers, marking the feature directorial debut of filmmaker Marcus Harben. After premiering at FrightFest in 2021, it's finally getting a VOD release in the US this spring. From the producers of Anna and the Apocalypse and Monsters, and in the tradition of Get Out and ‘"Black Mirror’", Terror Films' Followers combines horror with black comedy to satirize today's influencer generation while bringing a fresh new spin to the found-footage horror genre. What starts as hilariously bad YouTube videos develops into a warning to the world about a shocking new strain of supernatural serial killer. To create an authentic found footage feel, over 70% of Followers was filmed by the actors themselves. This stars Harry Jarvis (seen in Netflix's Knight Before Christmas), Loreece Harrison, Erin Austen, Daniel Cahill, Nina Wadia, Orion Lee, & Tanya Burr. Looks like some low budget rubbish, but I think that's the idea?


 Posted on March 2 in Horror, Indies, To Watch, Trailer | 1 Comment



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