Indie Film Release Guide: April 26th [An ONTD Original]

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You may be surprised to learn there are a few movies opening this week aside from Endgame! Universal is putting out the KStew JT LeRoy film, and a few indies are using a counterprogramming strategy to try to scare up some box office. And there are still several women-directed releases in theaters from last week to check out as well, such as Fast Color and Little Woods.

The films listed are from studios other than the “Big Six” - Paramount, Warner Brothers, 20th Century Fox, Universal, Columbia and Disney. 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: April 19th, April 12th, and April 5th.

Body at Brighton Rock



Stars: Karina Fontes, Casey Adams, Emily Althaus, Miranda Bailey
Writer/Director: Roxanne Benjamin
Genre: Thriller
Plot: A park ranger spends the night guarding a potential crime scene on a remote mountain trail.
What you should know: Star Karina Fontes was also in Benjamin’s first film, Southbound.
Opens in: Select cities & available on demand



The White Crow



Stars: Oleg Ivenko, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Ralph Fiennes, Raphaël Personnaz
Writer: David Hare
Director: Ralph Fiennes
Genre: Biography, Drama
Plot: Charts iconic dancer Rudolf Nureyev’s famed defection from the Soviet Union to the West in 1961, despite KGB efforts to stop him.
What you should know: Based on the book by Julie Kavanagh.
Opens in: Select cities


I Trapped the Devil



Stars: A.J. Bowen, Susan Burke, Jocelin Donohue, Scott Poythress
Writer/Director: Josh Lobo
Genre: Horror
Plot: A man descends into paranoia after trapping what he believes to be the devil in his basement, but things take a dark turn when his family unexpectedly arrive for Christmas.
What you should know: This is director Josh Lobo’s first feature.
Opens in: Select cities


Queen of Diamonds



Stars: Tinka Menkes, Emmellda Beech
Writer/Director: Nina Menkes
Genre: Drama
Plot: Follows the alienated life of a Blackjack dealer in a Las Vegas landscape juxtaposed between glittering casino lights and the deteriorating desert oasis.
What you should know: This is a restoration of the 1991 feminist film, shot on location in Las Vegas.
Opens in: Select cities


Carmine Street Guitars



Director: Ron Munn
Genre: Documentary
Storyline: Five days in the life of fabled Greenwich Village guitar store Carmine Street Guitars.
What you should know: Premiered at last year’s Venice Film Festival.
Opens in: Select cities


Marilyn



Stars: Walter Rodríguez, Catalina Saavedra, Germán de Silva, Rodolfo García Werner
Writer: Martin Rodríguez Redondo, Mara Pescio, Mariana Docampo
Director: Martin Rodríguez Redondo
Genre: Drama
Plot: Marcos, a seventeen-year-old farm worker, discovers his sexuality in a hostile environment. Nicknamed Marilyn by other teenagers in town, he becomes the target both of human desire and discrimination.
What you should know: It’s in Spanish.
Opens in: Select theaters; available VOD on April 30th


If the Dancer Dances



Director: Maia Wechsler
Genre: Documentary
Storyline: Follows a group of New York City's top modern dancers as they reconstruct an iconic and mysterious work by the legendary Merce Cunningham, revealing what it takes to keep a dance alive. Timed to coincide with Cunningham's centennial, the film confronts one of the most urgent issues facing the dance world today: how do we prevent the loss of masterworks to time?
What you should know: In addition to the release of this film, the recent Night of 100 Solos celebrated the work of Merce Cunningham. Dancers in several different cities performed 100 of his solos in a 75 minute performance to celebrate his 100th birthday.
Opens in: NYC, followed by LA next weekend


Hesburgh



Director: Patrick Creadon
Genre: Documentary
Storyline: Amidst some of the most tumultuous times in our nation’s history, one unlikely figure finds himself in the eye of the storm as he works to advance the causes of peace and equal rights for all people. He is Father Theodore Hesburgh, long-time president of the University of Notre Dame.
What you should know: The director is also responsible for Wordplay, the documentary about the New York Times crossword puzzle editor Will Shortz.
Opens in: South Bend, IN and Chicago, IL. Expands next weekend.


Chasing Portraits



Director: Elizabeth Rynecki
Genre: Documentary, History
Storyline: One man's art. One woman's unexpected path to healing. An American woman's emotional quest to find the art of her Polish-Jewish great-grandfather, lost during World War II.
What you should know: Check out more info about the film here.
Opens in: Select cities


Also opening: Know Your Enemy (Trailer), Sprinter (Trailer), Rattlesnakes (Trailer), Demon Eye (Trailer)



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What have you been watching lately, ONTD? Seeing anything this weekend? Feel free to discuss your plans to see Endgame, but please, no spoilers!