Indiewire has weeded through the films hitting VOD this April to bring you the nine indies to look out for. You’ll find everything from a found-footage horror film to the latest documentary from Morgan Spurlock that delves into the world of Comic-Con.
Here are the nine indie films to watch on VOD this April, in alphabetical order.
“All Me: The Life and Times of Winfred Rembert” (April 15)
Winfred Rembert, the autobiographical painter who chronicles the day-to-day existence of African Americans in the segregated South in his art, gets a due profile in this moving documentary. In the festival favorite, Rembert relives the turbulent life he’s led, visualized in his paintings, showing how even the most painful memories can be transformed into something meaningful.
“Apartment 143” (April 27)
Inspired no doubt by found-footage horror succeses stories like “The Blair Witch Project” and “Paranormal Activity,” “Apartment 143” offers viewers the chance to follow a group of scientists through a haunted house via the team’s terrifying recordings. To differentiate itself from the pack of found-footage horror, this one features footage culled from a slew of cameras, including video, HD, 35mm, 8mm, and 16mm. It doesn’t get geekier than this.
“Citizen Gangster” (April 27)
Scott Speedman (“The Strangers”) gives a breakout turn as Edwin Boyd, Toronto’s most famous postwar criminal, in this crime thriller inspired by true events, directed by first-time feature filmmaker Nathan Morlando. After returning from WWII, only to find the public indifferent to what he sacrified for his country, Boyd, in an act of desperation, starts robbing banks to provide for his children and wife Dorreen (Kelly Reilly). Predictably, things don’t pan out for the burgeoning crime lord.
“Comic-Con: Episode IV – A Fan’s Hope” (April 6)
In this love letter to all things comics, Morgan Spurlock, spurred by encouragement from Marvel mastermind Stan Lee, follows several fans on their annual summer pilgrimage to San Diego’s Comic-Con event. Spurlock also makes time for interviews with Lee, Joss Whedon, Frank Miller and Matt Groening. “I’m not in one frame of this movie, so if you’ve hated every film I’ve made up till now, then you’ll love ‘Comic-Con: Episode IV – A Fan’s Hope,'” Spurlock told Indiewire, prior to the film’s premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.
“Confessions of an Eco-Terroist” (April 15)
Think eco-themed documentaries are all talk and no action? Think again. “Confessions of an Eco-Terroist” offers an intimate look at eco-activist Peter Jay Brown and his motley crew, as they take to the high seas with their pirate flag to take on seal hunters and the like.
“God Bless America” (April 6)
While we don’t condone the actions of Frank, the protagonist in the latest from comedian and filmmaker Bobcat Goldthwait (“Sleeping Dogs Lie”), we fully support this subsersive, ultra-violent satire. In the controversial film, Joel Murray (“The Cable Guy”) plays Frank, a divorced, recently fired and possibly terminally ill man, who takes it upon himself to rid America of dumb, bigoted people. So what does he do? Buy a gun and start hunting them down, of course. He’s joined by high-school student Roxy (breakout Tara Lynne Barr), who shares his rage.
“Maria My Love” (April 17)
First-time writer/director Jasmine McGlade Chazelle (producer of “Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench”) debuted this moving drama at last year’s Tribeca Film Festival. The film, inspired by supporting actress Lauren Fales’ life, concerns Maria (“Raising Victor Vargar” star Judy Marte), a young woman reimagining her life after her mother’s death, over the course of one spring in California. Academy Award nominee Karen Black (“Five Easy Pieces”) turns in a strong supporting turn as a reclusive hoarder who becomes close with Maria over the course of the film.
“Marley” (April 20)
Fans of musical legend Bob Marley will no doubt want to seek out this startling comprehesive documentary on the musician’s life, from Academy Award-winning director Kevin Macdonald (“The Last King of Scotland”). Featuring rare footage, incredible performances and interviews with those that knew him best, “Marley” is the definitive documentary on the king of reggae.
“We Have a Pope” (April 11)
Acclaimed Italian director Nanni Moretti (“The Son’s Room”), who is heading this year’s Cannes jury, teams up with French actor Michel Piccoli (“Contempt”), for his latest, “We Have a Pope.” In the film, Moretti plays a psychiatrist who is hired by the Vatican, when the newly elected Pope (Piccoli) expresses reservations in taking on the job. The conflict of interest? He’s not religious.