"You need to carry on chasing it, ’cause you're going to find it." Gravitas has released an official trailer for an indie homemade documentary titled After So Many Days, from filmmakers / musicians Jim Hanft & Samantha Yonack, telling their own story. After a decade of making music together, Jim and Sam (official website), a recently married singer/songwriter duo from Los Angeles, were not the conventionally successful band they hoped they'd be. Feeling stuck and anxious about their future, the duo then made a spontaneous decision to go "all in," making a pact to play one show every day for a year. With suitcases and a guitar, the troubadours ventured out for a 365-day tour throughout 14 different countries. After So Many Days, is an intimate front row seat to the highs and lows of what it's like for two people to pursue a dream – together. This looks excellent, a brutally honest and humble story about how hard it is to find, and to be, "successful."
"I don't know if cave people belong in a modern world…" Universal has unveiled the first official trailer for The Croods: A New Age, a fun sequel to The Croods animated movie originally released in 2013. Made by DreamWorks Animation, this sequel continues the storyline with the "very first family" of cave people and introduces them to a more advanced, evolved world. The Croods have survived their fair share of dangers and disasters, from fanged prehistoric beasts to surviving the end of the world, but now they will face their biggest challenge of all: another family. The Croods: A New Age features the voice talent of returning stars Nicolas Cage as Grug Crood, Catherine Keener as Ugga Crood, Emma Stone as their daughter, Eep; Ryan Reynolds as Eep's boyfriend, Guy; Clark Duke as Thunk and Cloris Leachman as Gran. They're joined by Peter Dinklage as Phil Betterman, Leslie Mann as Hope Betterman, and Kelly Marie Tran as their daughter, Dawn. This does look rather amusing, but it's all so cliche - not an ounce of originality in it.
"Don't you think it's time things were different…?" "We mustn't be victims but protagonists of our stories." Amazon has debuted a new promo trailer for Steve McQueen's Small Axe, an anthology series of five films debuting streaming later this fall. They're also playing at the New York & London Film Festivals - which is why this trailer is being released now. Small Axe consists of five different films - titled Mangrove, Lovers Rock, Alex Wheatle, Education, and Red, White and Blue. Based on true stories, they celebrate little known stories of Black pride and resilience, like the Mangrove March. Learn about what happens when even ordinary people stand up to police brutality and racial injustice to achieve something transformative. The very first trailer was only for the Mangrove film, this one features footage from all five. The casts include Letitia Wright, John Boyega, Malachi Kirby, Shaun Parkes, Rochenda Sandall, Alex Jennings, Jack Lowden, Micheal Ward, and Amarah-Jae St. Aubyn. I can't wait to watch, they look wonderful. As the quote hints, they all celebrate Black lives instead of making them victims, telling triumphant stories.
"It's up to you to deliver." HBO is now streaming this new film, Huracán, marking the feature directorial debut of filmmaker Cassius Corrigan, originally from Miami. This first premiered at the Miami Film Festival last year and just got released earlier this month on HBO - but we're only catching up with it now. Huracán is a psychological thriller about Alonso Santos (played by writer / director Cassius Corrigan), an aspiring mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter who suffers from Multiple Personality Disorder. Legendary UFC fighter Jorge Masvidal, also an executive producer, plays Alonso's final opponent Cain Colón, in this film hailed by critics as so captivating you "can't stop watching." Featuring music composed by Roman Molino Dunn (aka "Electropoint"). The cast includes Yara Martinez, Camila Rodríguez, Steven Spence, and Carlos Guerrero. This looks solid - not just another repetitive MMA drama, there's much more going on in here.
"We were at your concert just now. We really enjoyed it." Film Movement has released an official US trailer for God of the Piano, and Israeli drama that is currently playing in "virtual cinemas" in the US as of this weekend. It originally premiered at the Rotterdam Film Festival last year, and also stopped by a few other international film fests. The drama tells a multi-generational story of a family of musicians. For Anat, music is everything. Having never been able to reach her father's musical standards, she rests her hopes on the child she's about to have. He is born deaf, and still grows up to be a talented pianist, but there is still one great obstacle - his grandfather. She must finally confront him. The film stars Naama Preis, Andy Levi, Ze'ev Shimshoni, Ron Bitterman, and Shimon Mimran. This looks quite good. I'm intrigued by the twist with her son early on, and how intense the story is - seeing him grow up and pushing his talent. Crazy.
"We need to go… Now." Gravitas + Kamikaze Dogfight have released an official trailer for an indie horror film titled Chop Chop, marking the feature directorial debut of filmmaker Rony Patel. The film is hitting VOD next month just before Halloween, for anyone interested. Chaos ensues when a serial killer psychopath targets a loving young couple who might be harboring a secret of their own. An innocent night at home is ruined when he shows up, but there might be more to the lovers than meets the eye. The cast includes Atala Arce, Jake Taylor, David Harper, Mikael Mattsson, Jeremy Jordan, Mike Thompson, & James McCabe. This looks extra bloody and extra brutal, and made with a very low budget. Check this out below.
"All I could do is keep my mouth shut." 1091 Pictures has unveiled an official trailer for a documentary titled The Phenomenon, a film about UFOs and the supposed government activity keeping them secret. Earlier this year, the Pentagon released previously-classified footage of a three incidents of unidentified flying objects without any explanation, stoking the conspiracy fires in a big way. This explosive documentary is the most revealing and credible examination of the long-standing global cover up involving unidentified aerial phenomenon. Including shocking new testimony from high-ranking government & military officials, NASA astronauts, and riveting never-before seen footage, the timely doc film also reveals the monumental events behind the NY Times' recent bombshell disclosure of The Pentagon's secret UFO Program, and provides eye-opening evidence that mankind is not alone in the universe. Is the truth still out there? What do you think?
"She's very weird." 1091 Pics has released a trailer for an indie dark comedy titled The Planters, which first premiered at the Raindance Film Festival last year. This "film fest favorite" was entirely shot without a crew, made by and starring Cali natives Alexandra Kotcheff & Hannah Leder. Awkward telemarketer Martha Plant (Kotcheff) lives a lonely existence burying treasure and eating split pea soup. When she takes in a vagrant with multiple personalities (Leder), she discovers having three friends in one may be more than she can handle. The film's cast is rounded out by New York theater actor Phil Parolisi, and cinema veteran Pepe Serna in supporting roles. This kind of looks like Wes Anderson meets David Lynch, with even more awkwardness than both of them. This will probably end up as a cult classic beloved by a small group of fans.
"I'm really good looking… if you're into anime." RLJE Films has released the first official trailer for The Opening Act, a new comedy about a struggling stand-up comedian made by stand-up comedians. Written and directed by Steve Byrne, this stars Jimmy O. Yang as a wannabe comedian named Will. The film tells the story of Will, whose true life passion is to become a stand-up comedian. He is given the opportunity to emcee a comedy show, opening for his hero, Billy G. Will has to decide if he wants to continue the life he has set up or to pursue his dream, the life of a comedian. The cast of funny people includes Alex Moffat, Cedric The Entertainer, Neal Brennan, Debby Ryan, Ken Jeong, Bill Burr, Whitney Cummings, Jermaine Fowler, Russell Peters, Tom Segura, and Iliza Shlesinger. It's not really the most original story, but this is enlivened by letting Jimmy O. Yang express himself through this film & his stand-up jokes.
"Am I dreaming?" "I see the whole world in your eyes." Gravitas has released an official trailer for an indie feature titled The Place of No Words, made by actor / filmmaker Mark Webber, which first premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival last year. This deeply personal film stars real-life couple Mark Webber and Teresa Palmer, and their son Bodhi Palmer. The film explores the unanswerable question "where do we go when we die?" posed by three-year-old Bohdi and takes them on an imaginative adventure that explores how we cope with dying, and the love, laughter, and pain we can find within it. The original title of this was Freeka Reeka Sheeka Deeka and the Big Battle in the Forest, which is kind of awesome, but it makes sense for them to choose something different. Also starring Eric Christian Olsen, Nicole Elizabeth Berger, Anna Schafer, Phoebe Tonkin, and Sarah Wright. I've been looking forward to this since we featured a promo trailer last year, and I'm glad we'll all be able to watch it on VOD coming soon. Take a closer look.
"I won't ask you to pray with me… because of the goddamn lawyers." Ha! A new werewolf film!? Sounds good to me. Orion Pictures has released the official trailer for an indie small-town thriller titled The Wolf of Snow Hollow, the latest film made by acclaimed indie filmmaker Jim Cummings, who received a lot of praise for self-releasing his film Thunder Road a few years ago. Terror grips a small mountain town as bodies are discovered after each full moon. Losing sleep, raising a teenage daughter, and caring for his ailing father, Officer Marshall struggles to remind himself there's no such thing as werewolves. Jim Cummings also stars as Officer Marshall, with a full cast including Riki Lindhome, Robert Forster, Jimmy Tatro, Chloe East, and Laura Coover. This looks dang good! Not only as a fresh, new werewolf film, but also as a small, snowy town thriller about the locals infighting and trying to figure out what's going on. Check it out.
"It's your brain trying to protect you from your trauma." It's almost horror season! A few more weeks until October, and Hollywood is readying a big batch of new horror films to debut this season (for everyone to watch in the safety of their own homes). Amazon has released separate full trailers for the first four films in the horror anthology series Welcome to the Blumhouse. The series will launch eight full-length genre films from talented up-and-coming filmmakers, produced by Jason Blum, and released on Amazon Prime Video. The first four films will be available to watch this October: Black Box directed by Emmanuel Osei-Kuffour Jr., Evil Eye co-directed by Elan Dassani & Rajeev Dassani, The Lie directed by Veena Sud, and Nocturne directed by Zu Quirke. A new "series of unique, unsettling thrillers, that showcase original genre stories from diverse casts and filmmakers." Personally, I'm most interested in watching Black Box, starring Mamoudou Athie. It looks like the closest to "Black Mirror" and bends towards sci-fi more than horror. It also seems like they're letting filmmakers experiment and we get to enjoy whatever they create. View below.