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Indie Film Release Guide: July 31st [An ONTD Original]

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It's almost August, which would usually indicate the slowdown of the summer movie season. But since there is no summer movie season to come to a close, things look pretty much the same as they have for months.

The films listed are from studios other than the “Big Six” - Paramount, Warner Brothers, 20th Century Fox, Universal, Columbia/Sony and Disney. All films listed will be available at their respective sources on Friday unless otherwise noted. Check out the posts from the past few weeks for more movies that may have already come to VOD: July 24th, July 17th, and July 10th.

She Dies Tomorrow

Stars: Kate Lyn Shiel, Jane Adams, Kentucker Audley, Chris Messina
Writer/Director: Amy Seimetz
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Thriller
Plot: After waking up convinced that she is going to die tomorrow, Amy’s carefully mended life begins to unravel. As her delusions of certain death become contagious to those around her, Amy and her friends’ lives spiral out of control in a tantalizing descent into madness.
What you should know: The film was nominated for the Adam Yauch Hornblower Award at SXSW 2020.
Where to stream: Drive-in theaters; available on demand 8/7/20


Stars: Gemma Arterton, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Penelope Wilton, Tom Courtenay
Writer/Director: Jessica Swale
Genre: Drama, War
Plot: During World War II, an Englishwoman opens her heart to an evacuee after initially resolving to be rid of him in this moving journey of womanhood, love and friendship.
What you should know: No relation to the television series of the same name.
Where to stream: Available VOD

The Fight

Director: Eli B. Despres, Josh Kriegman
Genre: Documentary
Storyline: An inside look at the legal battles that lawyers for the American Civil Liberties Union are facing during the Trump administration.
What you should know: The last project from the directors was the series Couples Therapy.
Where to stream: Virtual cinemas, and available VOD

The Cuban

Stars: Louis Gossett Jr., Ana Golja, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Lauren Holly
Writer: Alessandra Piccione
Director: Sergio Navarretta
Genre: Drama
Plot: When a naive pre-med student named Mina gets her first job in a nursing home, an unexpected friendship with Luis, an elderly Cuban musician, reignites her love of music and changes her life forever.
What you should know: Director Sergio Navaretta is Canadian.
Where to stream: Virtual cinemas, and available VOD

Rebuilding Paradise

Director: Ron Howard
Genre: Documentary
Storyline: The community of Paradise, California, a town in the Sierra Nevada foothills, attempts to rebuild after devastating wildfires in 2018.
What you should know: Director Ron Howard’s last documentary was about famed tenor Luciano Pavarotti.
Where to stream: Virtual cinemas

The Go-Gos

Director: Alison Ellwood
Genre: Documentary
Storyline: This documentary chronicles the meteoric rise of a band born of the LA punk scene that not only captured but created a zeitgeist.
What you should know: The Go-Gos have even appeared on Broadway - a 2018 musical called Head Over Heels used many of their songs.
Where to stream: Showtime

A Girl Missing

Stars: Mariko Tsutsui, Mikako Ichikawa, Sôsuke Ikematsu, Mitsuru Fukikoshi
Writer: Kôji Fukada, Kazumasa Yonemitsu
Director: Kôji Fukada
Genre: Drama
Plot: A home-care nurse's relationship with the family she has spent years working for is threatened when her nephew is arrested for kidnapping their daughter.
What you should know: It’s in Japanese.
Where to stream: Virtual cinemas

The Speed Cubers

Director: Sue Kim
Genre: Documentary
Storyline: Discover the special bond -- and uncommon competitive spirit -- shared by the world's Rubik's Cube-solving record breakers in this documentary.
What you should know: This is Sue Kim’s directorial debut.
Where to stream: Netflix, available now


Stars: Haley Bishop, Jemma Moore, Emma Louise Webb, Radina Drandova
Writer: Gemma Hurley, Rob Savage, Jed Shepherd
Director: Rob Savage
Genre: Horror
Plot: A group of friends who summon a nasty supernatural entity while holding a seance over Zoom.
What you should know: Filmed over Zoom during the pandemic.
Where to stream: Shudder, available now

Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind

Director: Martha Kehoe, Joan Tosoni
Genre: Documentary, Music
Storyline: The iconic Canadian musician, Gordon Lightfoot, reflects on his life and career.
Where to stream: Virtual cinemas

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What have you been watching lately, ONTD?
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