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States of Play: American Independents

"In a way that very few films have ever managed, Computer Chess is truly playful … it seems to constantly respond with surprising and inventive moves to every perspective that it's viewed from." – Cinema Scope ... In this especially skewed offering, iconic lo-fi director Andrew ... Read more
"Drinking Buddies is an incredibly personal, organic film that will be experienced a little differently by each person." – Sound on Sight ... On the back of a SXSW premiere, Joe Swanberg presents his 14th feature: the relationship comedy, Drinking Buddies. ... Luke (Jake Johnson) and ... Read more
"I used to be darker. Then I got lighter, then I got darker again. Something too big to be seen was passing over and over me." ... Prompted by her own dramas, 19-year-old Northern Irish runaway Taryn leaves her summer job and heads to Baltimore to stay with her aunt and uncle, both musicians. But ... Read more
"An affecting study of female adolescence and unrequited longing ... one of the most involving and sensually lush debuts in recent memory." – Cinema Scope ... Summer in Brooklyn and wide-eyed 14-year-old Lila is a mess of awkwardness, naivety and hormones. Inspired by the exploits of her ... Read more
Meshuggeneh in Minnesota. A father and sons fishing trip. A subtly sharp film about family and frustration. ... Marvin, the classic grumpy old man (played with understated heart by Marvin Gurewitz), guilts his two sons, Stanley (director and Marvin's real-life son Stephen Gurewitz) and Seth (Alex ... Read more
"Ott is one of the most fascinating young American filmmakers." – Smells Like Screen Spirit ... Anna and Cory are close friends stuck in small-town California. Cory fronts a punk band and dreams of being cast on a reality TV show to prove he can be a success. Anna is living in the US ... Read more
"A bittersweet comedy about love and marriage, random fate and eternal youth ... highly original and delightfully unorthodox." – Hollywood Reporter ... Across a span of 35 years, Max Youngman and his only friend Sal (Nick Offerman) pass through romances, businesses, rivalries and loss ... Read more
"One of the year's most arresting, heartfelt indies." – Los Angeles Times ... In a San Fernando Valley fired bright with sun, young slacker Jane (Dree Hemingway, daughter of Mariel and great-granddaughter of Ernest) picks up a bargain at gruff, elderly Sadie's garage sale. When Jane ... Read more
"It's about loving stuffed animals and neglecting people." – Frank V Ross ... Recently married, Christopher and Melody are stuck in a work-to-live rut. With barely any time for each other, Melody teaches high-school students, while Chris slaves over a novel by day and works a deadbeat ... Read more
"A coming-of-age tale with an uncommon twist, The Unspeakable Act approaches its subject with disarming candor. Tender and incisive, the film lingers on taboo desires, and unfolds them gently to reveal the confused love at their heart." – Film Comment ... Jackie Kimball is an average ... Read more
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