"You judge me, and you don't even know me!" Break Out Pictures has released an official trailer for an indie Irish drama titled Rialto, which originally premiered at last year's Venice Film Festival. It also played at the Göteborg Festival and Galway Film Fleadh this year. After the death of his father, a destructive figure, Colm's emotional life cracks open, and his downward spiral continues when he is made redundant. Drinking heavily and unable to confide in his wife, Colm finds himself drawn to Jay, a 19 year-old who dabbles in prostitution. Their sexual encounters and tentative friendship become Colm's only solace from the pressures he feels -- but this recklessness puts his family-life at risk. Starring Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, Tom Glynn-Carney, Tom Glynn-Carney, & Sophie Jo Wasson. This looks like a very emotional, and heartbreaking story about our struggles with intimacy in life. This is a really beautiful trailer, quite alluring with the music.
"Listen to your heart, Isabelle." Signature Ent. has released an official UK trailer for the indie drama My Zoe, the latest film written and directed by actress Julie Delpy (she most recently directed 2 Days in New York and Lolo). This first premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last year, and then played at the Zurich Film Festival and it was also programmed at this year's Tribeca Film Festival. "Prepare for one of the most emotionally-engaging film of the year." A divorced mother looks to protect her daughter after an unexpected tragedy. My Zoe is a heartbreaking family drama with a dystopian science fiction twist (oooooh) starring Julie Delpy, Richard Armitage, Gemma Arterton, Daniel Brühl, and also Lindsay Duncan. The strangest part about this is that Arterton doesn't appear until the very end. Huh. I'm intrigued, looks good.
"This is the year of Women's Liberation!" Roadside has finally unveiled the first teaser trailer for the film The Glorias, directed by acclaimed filmmaker Julie Taymor (Frida, Across the Universe). This originally premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year to mixed reviews, along with some praise for the ambition. The film tells the story of feminist icon Gloria Steinem's itinerant childhood's influence on her life as a writer, activist and organizer for women's rights worldwide. The title is "The Glorias" (plural) because various actresses play Steinem at different stages of her life: Alicia Vikander, Julianne Moore, Ryan Kiera Armstrong, and Lulu Wilson all play Gloria. The cast also includes a number of iconic women who made profound contributions to the women's movement over the years, including Dorothy Pitman Hughes (Janelle Monáe), Flo Kennedy (Lorraine Toussaint), Bella Abzug (Bette Midler), Dolores Huerta (Monica Sanchez), and Wilma Mankiller (Kimberly Guerrero). The film will be skipping theaters and playing on VOD right away, and this is just a teaser to build buzz. The full trailer will debut later this month.
"Did you not think it was dangerous – playing god like that?" Quiver Dist. has released an official trailer for a peculiar, fascinating new sci-fi feature titled LX 2048, a new film from filmmaker Guy Moshe who hasn't made anything since Bunraku back in 2010 (remember that one?). The concept for this is very, very timely and a clear reference to what's going on these days. In the near future, the sun has become so toxic people can no longer leave their houses in daytime, and normal life is conducted mostly inside the virtual realm. Everyone is so depressed they're prescribed a drug called 001LithiumX (which was the original title of the film). Against this dystopian backdrop, a dying man seeks to ensure the well-being of his family, while coping with what it means to be human in this new reality. Starring James D'Arcy as Adam, along with Gina McKee, Delroy Lindo, Anna Brewster, and Juliet Aubrey. I love mega sci-fi concepts like this! And it looks like he got the world just right. This also looks scarily exactly like where out future is headed…
"Are you that was, um, the girl?" IFC Films has debuted the first official trailer for a college comedy titled Shithouse, or the censored version S#!%house. This originally premiered at the (cancelled) SXSW Film Festival earlier this year, where it won the Grand Jury Prize, as the jury still watched. A homesick college freshman goes to a party at Shithouse – a legendary party fraternity – and ends up spending the night with his sophomore RA who's had a shitty day and wants someone to hang out with. Raiff "put together a movie with great friends and stolen equipment, and in a burst of bravery, tweeted the link to Jay Duplass. To his surprise, Duplass liked the movie enough to help him develop it into the version of Shithouse that made its world premiere at SXSW. Raiff wrote, directed, edited, and starred in Shithouse, his feature-length debut." Also starring Dylan Gelula and Amy Landecker. This looks as good as the buzz indicates - check it out.
"I believe in giving people a second chance. A fresh start." GVN Releasing has unveiled an official trailer for an indie thriller titled Guilt, marking the feature directorial debut of Australian filmmakers Karl Jenner & Lyndsay Sarah. Angered by all the never-ending child abuse in the world, a child psychologist goes vigilante, targeting child sex offenders who escaped severe sentences. This is one of these dark fantasy concepts that movies can explore in provocative ways. And there's plenty others like it - A Vigilante is also about a woman who gets back at abusers. The cast includes Hayley Flowers, Sandra Stockley, and Tom Wilson. This looks extra brutal, which is really the only way to tell a story about child abusers getting what they deserve.
"Back then it was about the big picture. Not this small fry." An official festival promo trailer has debuted for a provocative German film titled And Tomorrow The Entire World, also known as Und Morgen die Ganze Welt. This will be premiering at the Venice Film Festival next week. The very timely film is about a German woman who joins the Antifa movement as a left-wing activist to fight Nazis. But she deals with the struggle of being non-violent, and starts to wonder "if violence could ever be a legitimate political answer to fascism and hatred." Starring Mala Emde, Noah Saavedra, Tonio Schneider, Luisa-Céline Gaffron, and Andreas Lust. "This is not only a story about the strong division running through Germany, but about the one running through our entire Western society." This is easily one of my most anticipated films that's premiering in Venice, and I'm very curious to see how the story plays out. Will definitely get people talking.
"Beautiful, breathtaking, hilarious." 1091 Pictures has released a new US trailer for an indie docu-dramedy titled When the Storm Fades, a film by Canadian filmmaker Sean Devlin. This premiered in 2018 at the Vancouver Film Festival, and is only finally getting a release on VOD this year. The film tells the story of a well-intentioned, young Canadian couple who help a family in the Philippines recover from the 2013 Super Typhoon Haiyan. It stars real Typhoon Haiyan survivors re-enacting their experiences in the aftermath of the storm alongside Canadian comedians. Which sounds strange? But that's why filmmaking is a creative endeavor - always try to make something unique. Starring Ryan Beil as Jerry, and Kayla Lorette as Clare. I'm glad they openly admit that it's criticizing the "white savior" complex. Looks like a unique film indeed.
"Why would I be here if I didn't want to feel like a normal person?" Gravitas has released an official trailer for an indie drama titled Neon Days, marking the feature directorial debut of filmmaker Sheldon Maddux. This first premiered at the Canada International Film Festival last year, and stopped by the Central Florida and Prison City Film Festivals. Justin Duncan stars in Neon Days as Jake. His life is ruled by depression, anxiety, and anger. With the help of a seasoned therapist, a young man explores his past, present, and future with a different outlook. The cast includes Eric Hanson, Glenn Morshower, Jason P. Kendall, Major Dodge, Matthew Graham Wagner, and Meagan Harris. It looks like a very personal and honest indie drama about how hard it is to deal with depression and anxiety in our times. Lots of rollerskating looks fun.
"She made me feel hope… I wanted every day to feel like that." Freestyle DM has released an official trailer for a indie road trip dramedy titled She's in Portland, from filmmaker Marc Carlini. This first premiered at the Santa Barbara Film Festival earlier this year, and it also played at the Sedona, Sonoma, and Phoenix Film Festivals. She's in Portland follows two men who seemingly admire each other's lives and feel trapped in their own. Wes, tied to his demanding corporate career and his responsibilities to his growing family, extends a work trip to drag his dispirited artist friend Luke up the California Coast to find Luke's "one that got away". Through their travels and conversations, the trip takes a deeper look into life choices, acceptance, and commitment. The film stars Tommy Dewey and Ricco Ross, with Minka Kelly, Vishesh Chachra, Alexis Krause, Robin Gammell, Elaine Partnow, and François Arnaud. This indie is worth a look.
"We knew who loved pie the most…" Epic Pictures has released an official trailer for an indie thriller titled The Swerve, which originally premiered at an international festival back in 2018. It's also showing at this year's FrightFest and will be available to watch on VOD release next month. The Swerve follows suburban mother, teacher, and wife Holly who is struggling to cope with everyday life. She can barely sleep, her new medications give her nightmares, and her anxiety is debilitating. "Kapsalis creates a nuanced portrayal of mental illness and how you never truly know what someone is going through." Azura Skye stars as Holly, with a cast including Bryce Pinkham, Ashley Bell, and Zach Rand. There's quite a bit of praise quoted in the trailer, and it looks way more haunting & unsettling than expected. What other secrets is she keeping?
"Action: space monsters!" Gravitas has released an official trailer for an indie comedy titled Faith Based, a film about filmmakers trying to make a film. This originally premiered at the Santa Barbara Film Festival earlier this year. When two slacker friends come to the realization that every "faith based" movie makes buckets of cash, they set out on a mission to make one of their own. Their project: A Prayer in Space, about the story of the first prayer ever to be prayed… in space. With the majority of the movie taking place in LA's San Fernando Valley, the filmmakers went to renowned local artist Phill Bourque to create the original, hand drawn poster (as seen below). The film stars Luke Barnett, Tanner Thomason, Margaret Cho, David Koechner, with Lance Reddick, and Jason Alexander. It's always amusing to see films about the kookiness of filmmaking, and this looks like it's making fun of everything about it in just the right way.