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Indie Film Release Guide: June 24th [An ONTD Original]

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The major studios have left this weekend to Universal's F9, the ninth film in the Fast and Furious series. But not to worry, there are plenty of indies out this weekend, including some that you can watch on streaming services from the comfort of your own home.

The films listed are from studios other than the “Big Six” - Paramount, Warner Brothers, 20th Century Fox, Universal, Columbia/Sony 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: June 18th, June 11th, and June 4th.


Werewolves Within



Stars: Sam Richardson, Milana Vayntraub, George Basil, Sarah Burns
Writer: Mishna Wolff
Director: Josh Ruben
Genre: Comedy, Horror
Plot: When a killer terrorizes the snowed-in residents of a small town, it falls to the new forest ranger to find out who - or what - lurks among them in this hilarious horror whodunnit.
What you should know: Based on the video game of the same name.
Where to watch: In select theaters; on VOD July 2nd



I Carry You With Me



Stars: Armando Espitia, Christian Vazquez, Michelle Rodríguez, Ángeles Cruz
Writer: Heidi Ewing, Alan Page
Director: Heidi Ewing
Genre: Drama
Plot: Ambition and societal pressure propel an aspiring chef to leave his soulmate in Mexico and make the treacherous journey to New York, where life will never be the same.
What you should know: Won the ‘Best of Next!’ Audience Award at Sundance 2020.
Where to watch: In select theaters


False Positive



Stars: Ilana Glazer, Justin Theroux, Gretchen Mol, Pierce Brosnan
Writer: Ilana Glazer, John Lee
Director: John Lee
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Plot: As if getting pregnant weren't complicated enough, Lucy sets out to uncover the unsettling truth about her fertility doctor.
What you should know: Director John Lee also directed several episodes of Broad City, in which Ilana Glazer starred.
Where to watch: Hulu


Good on Paper



Stars: Iliza Shlesinger, Ryan Hansen, Rebecca Rittenhouse, Rebekka Johnson
Writer: Iliza Shlesinger
Director: Kimmy Gatewood
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Plot: After years of putting her career first, a stand-up comic meets a guy who seems perfect: smart, nice, successful and possibly too good to be true.
What you should know: This is director Kimmy Gatewood’s first feature film.
Where to watch: Netflix, available now


Rebel Hearts



Writer: Erin Barnett, Pedro Kos, Shawnee Isaac Smith
Director: Pedro Kos
Genre: Documentary
Storyline: A look at Los Angeles's Sisters of the Immaculate Heart, nuns who challenged the patriarchal conventions of the Catholic Church 50 years ago and are still taking a stand today.
What you should know: Director Pedro Kos also directed the 2017 documentary Bending the Arc
Where to watch: In select theaters


My Heart Can’t Beat Unless You Tell it To



Stars: Patrick Fugit, Ingrid Sophie Schram, Owen Campbell, Moises L. Tovar
Writer/Director: Jonathan Cuartas
Genre: Drama, Horror
Plot: Two mysterious siblings find themselves at odds over care for their frail and sickly younger brother.
What you should know: Debuted at Tribeca 2021.
Where to watch: In select theaters, and available VOD


Lansky



Stars: Harvey Keitel, David James Elliott, Minka Kelly, AnnaSophia Robb
Writer: Eytan Rockaway, Robert Rockaway
Director: Eytan Rockaway
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Plot: When the aging Meyer Lansky is investigated one last time by the Feds who suspect he has stashed away millions of dollars over half a century, the retired gangster spins a dizzying tale, revealing the untold truth about his life as the notorious boss of Murder Inc. and the National Crime Syndicate.
What you should know: This is the second biographical portrayal of Meyer Lansky, after the 1988 film Lansky (1998), in which he is played by Richard Dreyfuss.
Where to watch: In select theaters


Too Late



Stars: Alyssa Limperis, Ron Lynch, Will Weldon, Mary Lynn Rajskub
Writer: Rob Becker
Director: D.W. Thomas
Genre: Comedy, Horror
Plot: A lonely assistant finally finds love and must escape her monster of a boss before she and her new love become his next meal.
What you should know: The cast is almost entirely LA area comedians.
Where to watch: In select theaters, and available VOD


Against the Current



Writer: Margrét Örnólfsdóttir
Director: Oskar Pall Sveinsson
Genre: Documentary, LGBT
Plot: Veiga Grétarsdóttir is the first person in the world to attempt to kayak around Iceland, counter-clockwise and "against the current." Veiga's personal journey is no less remarkable; at the age of 38, she decided to undergo gender reassignment. The inner struggle for Veigar to become Veiga was a journey as difficult if not more so than the solo kayak expedition she undertakes. These two stories of conflict and struggle are intertwined as the film follows her amazing 103 day journey around Iceland, with the magical, rugged coastline of the country a backdrop to the story of Veiga's transition.
What you should know: The film was a nominee at Iceland’s Edda Awards.
Where to watch: In select theaters and virtual cinemas


LFG



Writer/Director: Sean Fine, Andrea Nix
Genre: Documentary, Sport
Plot: You may know them as record-breakers. Now learn why they’re game-changers. LFG is a no-holds-barred, inside account of the U.S. women’s national soccer team’s ongoing fight for equal pay as told by Megan Rapinoe, Jessica McDonald, Becky Sauerbrunn, Kelley O’Hara, Sam Mewis, and others.
What you should know: The directors are married Oscar winners who co-direct many of their projects.
Where to watch: HBO Max, available now


More New Releases

F9: The Fast Saga (Trailer) from Universal
Kenny Scharf: When Worlds Collide (Trailer)
Lourdes (Trailer)
Echoes of the Invisible (Trailer)
Too Late (Trailer)
The Evil Next Door (Trailer)
Angel (Trailer)


New on Streaming

The Ice Road (Trailer) on Netflix
Fathom (Trailer) on Apple TV+




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