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Indie Film Release Guide: April 17th [An ONTD Original]

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There are a lot of things to miss about going to the movies: the previews, the gigantic screen, the complete immersion in a film of your choosing… maybe even a refreshing beverage and wildly under-or-over buttered popcorn. But there are definitely some advantages to a home theater set-up: no one’s on their phone/talking, you can eat or drink whatever you'd like, and you can pause to pee if the need arises. Since we're still not ready to head back to the theater, here are some movies you can watch any way you’d like - in bed, on the couch, on an iPad while you workout, whatever floats your boat.

The films listed are from studios other than the “Big Six” - Paramount, Warner Brothers, 20th Century Fox, Universal, Columbia/Sony and Disney. Check out the posts from the past few weeks for more movies that may have already come to VOD: April 10th, April 3rd, and March 27th.


Selah and the Spades



Stars: Lovie Simone, Jharrel Jerome, Celeste O'Connor, Ana Mulvoy Ten
Writer/Director: Tayarisha Poe
Genre: Drama
Plot: Five factions run the underground life of Haldwell School, a prestigious east coast boarding school. At the head of the most powerful faction - The Spades - sits Selah Summers, walking the fine line between being feared and loved.
What you should know: This is director Tayarisha Poe’s first feature film.
Streams on: Amazon Prime, starting Friday



Tigertail



Stars: Tzi Ma, Christina Ko, Fiona Fu, Joan Chen
Writer/Director: Alan Yang
Genre: Drama
Plot: A Taiwanese factory worker leaves his homeland to seek opportunity in America, where he struggles to find connection while balancing family and newfound responsibilities in this multi-generational drama.
What you should know: The flashback scenes were shot on 16mm film.
Streams on: Netflix


Endings, Beginnings



Stars: Shailene Woodley, Jamie Dornan, Sebastian Stan, Lindsay Sloan
Writer: Jardine Libaire, Drake Doremus
Director: Drake Doremus
Genre: Drama
Plot: A 30-something woman navigating through love and heartbreak over the course of one year. During that time, she will unlock the secrets to her life in a sudden turn of events and in the most surprising of places.
What you should know: At a Q&A attended by OP, the director said that the actors made up a lot of their own lines… this is evident in the final product!
Streams on: New release, available VOD


Abe



Stars: Noah Schnapp, Arian Moayed, Dagmara Dominczyk, Mark Margolis
Writer: Fernando Grostein Andrade, Lameece Issaq, Jacob Kader, Christopher Vogler
Director: Fernando Grostein Andrade
Genre: Family
Plot: Abe is a 12-year-old boy from Brooklyn who cooks to unite his half Israeli and half Palestinian family, but everything goes wrong.
Streams on: New release, available VOD


The Quarry



Stars: Shea Whigham, Michael Shannon, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Bobby Soto
Writer: Scott Teems, Andrew Brotzman
Director: Scott Teems
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Plot: After murdering a traveling preacher, a fugitive drifter travels to a small town and poses as the man he killed. Though the congregation loves the drifter’s sermons of forgiveness, the local police chief is suspicious of the man. Soon a gruesome discovery at a local quarry forces the killer to fight for his freedom.
What you should know: Based on the novel by Damon Galgut.
Streams on: New release, available VOD


Earth and Blood



Stars: Sami Bouajila, Eriq Ebouaney, Samy Seghir, Sofia Lesaffre
Writer: Julien Leclercq, Jérémie Guez, Matthieu Serveau
Director: Julien Leclercq
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Plot: Saïd owns a sawmill deep in the woods, which he decides to sell. Little does he know that one of his apprentices was cornered by his brother and forced to hide a large amount of cocaine inside the factory.
What you should know: It’s in French.
Streams on: Netflix


Force Majeure (2014)



Stars: Johannes Kuhnke, Lisa Loven Kongsli, Clara Wettergren, Vincent Wettergren
Writer/Director: Ruben Östlund
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Plot: A family vacationing in the French Alps is confronted with a devastating avalanche.
What you should know: While this film was heavily praised, the recent English-language remake, Downhill, was critically panned.
Streams on: Hulu


Slay the Dragon



Director: Barak Goodman, Chris Durrance
Genre: Documentary
Storyline: It influences elections and sways outcomes - gerrymandering has become a hot-button political topic and symbol for everything broken about the American electoral process. But there are those on the front lines fighting to change the system.
What you should know: Please fill out your census form if you haven’t already done so! :)
Streams on: Available via local virtual cinemas, like Laemmle


Sergio



Stars: Wagner Moura, Ana de Armas, Brían F. O'Byrne, Garret Dillahunt
Writer: Craig Borten
Director: Greg Barker
Genre: Drama
Plot: A sweeping drama set in the chaotic aftermath of the US invasion of Iraq, where the life of top UN diplomat Sergio Vieira de Mello hangs in the balance during the most treacherous mission of his career.
What you should know: The film is multilingual.
Streams on: Netflix


The Lighthouse (2019)



Stars: Willem Dafoe, Robert Pattinson
Writer: Robert Eggers, Max Eggers
Director: Robert Eggers
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Plot: Two lighthouse keepers try to maintain their sanity whilst living on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s.
What you should know: The film received an Oscar nomination for Best Cinematography.
Streams on: Amazon Prime


New Digital Releases

Underwater (Trailer)
The Rhythm Section (Trailer)
Fantasy Island (Trailer)



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What have you been watching lately? Planning on checking out anything soon?
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