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Indie Film Release Guide: July 6th [An ONTD Original]

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New to theaters everywhere this week are Ant-Man and the Wasp and The First Purge, the most recent installments in each of their respective franchises. But if you are looking to watch a movie that isn't a sequel or prequel to another movie, I have some brand new indie flicks for your consideration.

Note that some of the movies listed are in their first week or two of limited release in the USA, so it may take them a few more weeks (or months) to show up in your local arthouse theater or on VOD. Check out the posts from the past few weeks for more movies that may have just opened near you: June 29, June 22, and June 15.

Sorry to Bother You

Stars: Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Jermaine Fowler, Armie Hammer
Written and directed by: Boots Riley
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Plot: In an alternate present-day version of Oakland, telemarketer Cassius Green discovers a magical key to professional success, propelling him into a macabre universe.
What you should know: This is writer/director Boots Riley’s first feature film; he is better known as a professional musician.
Opens in: Select cities


Director: Kevin Macdonald
Genre: Documentary
Storyline: An in-depth look at the life and music of Whitney Houston.
What you should know: According to IMDB, many of the interviews filmed for the documentary were left out, as the director found them banal and uninteresting.
Opens in: Select cities

Under the Tree

Stars: Steinþór Hróar Steinþórsson, Edda Björgvinsdóttir, Sigurður Sigurjónsson, Þorsteinn Bachmann
Writer: Huldar Breiðfjörð, Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson
Director: Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Plot: When Baldwin and Inga's next door neighbours complain that a tree in their backyard casts a shadow over their sundeck, what starts off as a typical spat between neighbours in the suburbs unexpectedly and violently spirals out of control.
What you should know: It’s in Icelandic.
Opens in: NYC, LA

Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda

Director: Stephen Schible
Genre: Documentary
Storyline: Portrait of Ryuichi Sakamoto, from pop icon of Japan's technological aspirations to leading activist post-Fukushima, returning to music after cancer for major opus that may be his last.
What you should know: Sakamoto has composed soundtracks for movies from Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence to The Revenant.
Opens in: NYC


Stars: Suzu Hirose, Masaki Suda, Mamoru Miyano, Shintarô Asanuma
Writer: Shunji Iwai, Hitoshi Ône
Director: Akiyuki Shimbô
Genre: Animation, Family, Drama
Plot: Norimichi and Yusuke are both infatuated with their classmate Nazuna. But when Nazuna decides to run away from home, it's Norimichi she asks to join her. After their plans go awry, Norimichi discovers a magical ball that has the power to manipulate time and give them a second chance, but each reset brings new complications.
What you should know: The film was finished only a few days before its 2017 release date in Japan.
Opens in: NYC, LA


Stars: Mitchell Slaggart, Christine Marzano, Dorian Cobb, Billy Ray Suggs
Written and directed by: Daniel Peddle
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Romance
Plot: An isolated and troubled young man meets a beautiful and mysterious hiker, who guides him through a psychedelic rite of passage.
What you should know: The lead actor is a former Calvin Klein model.
Opens in: Select cities; available via VOD July 10th

No Postage Necessary

Stars: George Blagden, Charleene Closshey, Robbie Kay, Michael Beach
Written and directed by: Jeremy Culver
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Plot: A convicted computer hacker helps make ends meet by stealing mail while disguised as a postal worker. Then, a letter written by a heartbroken widow to her husband changes his world.
What you should know: The film is the first feature to be released on the blockchain, and has a large plot point involving crypto-currency.
Opens in: Select cities

Sunset Society

Stars: Ron Jeremy, Lemmy Kilmister, Aaron Groben, Catherine Annette
Director: Phoebe Dollar & Rolfe Kanefsky
Genre: Horror
Plot: Welcome to the world of the Sunset Society, a secret organization in Hollywood where parties are held, musicians gather and blood flows freely! Ace (Lemmy from "Motorhead") is the head vampire in charge who likes to keep the fun going while keeping the profile low. However, due to a few rebels in his midst, humans are starting to catch on to his vampire ways.
What you should know: There is no writer listed on IMDB for this film.
Opens in: LA

Also opening: Bleeding Steel (Trailer), Na Band Na Baraati (Trailer)

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What movies have you seen recently, ONTD? Planning to see anything this weekend?
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