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The 10 Indies to Watch on VOD This November: ‘Ass Backwards,’ ‘Charlie Countryman’ and More

The 10 Indies to Watch on VOD This November: 'Ass Backwards,' 'Charlie Countryman' and More

To help you figure out what to watch on VOD this month, we’ve compiled a
list of the 10 best indies new to VOD this November. Click on film title to learn more.

“As I Lay Dying” (November 1)

James Franco
writes, directs and stars in this adaptation of William Faulkner’s
novel, that follows the death of Addie Bundren and the family’s quest
to honor her wish to be buried in the nearby town of Jefferson. Since
premiering at Cannes, the film has received mixed responses, with some saying Franco respectfully brought the Nobel Prize winner’s elegiac
prose to life and others considering it another one of Franco’s
experimental endeavors. You be the judge.

Where to Watch: iTunes, Amazon, Charter, Comcast, Google Play, DirecTV, Playstation, SuddenLink, Time Warner, Verizon FIOS, Vudu, XBOX

“Ass Backwards” (November 8)

June Diane Raphael and Casey Wilson star
as Kate and Chloe, two life-long best friends united by their quirkiness
and lack of direction in life, stemming from ever since they came in
dead last at a child beauty pageant. When they are invited to compete in
the pageant’s 50th anniversary installment, the two girls take off on a
cross-country road trip that involves the kind of nutty and crude gags
encapsulated by the film’s title.

Where to Watch: iTunes, Amazon, Charter, Comcast, Google Play, DirecTV, Playstation, SuddenLink, Time Warner, Verizon FIOS, Vudu, XBOX

“A Case of You” (November 6)

Justin Long stars as Sam, a love-starved sad sack who develops a crush
on Birdie (Evan Rachel Wood), the barista at his nearby coffee shop.
Instead of trying to straightforwardly court her affection, he stalks
her on Facebook and reinvents himself to fit perfectly with her likes and
interests. “A Case of You” is a romantic comedy with a plot developed
from cyberstalking in the contemporary social media age.

Where to Watch: iTunes, Bright House, Cablevision, Comcast, Cox, Insight, Time Warner

“Charlie Countryman” (November 15)

Charlie Countryman’s (Shia Lebeouf) deceased mother appears to him in a
vision telling him to go to Bucharest. When a fellow passenger dies on
his flight, Charlie meets and falls for a beautiful musician (Evan
Rachael Wood) who is connected to a vicious gangster (Mads Mikkelsen).
From first time feature director Fredrik Bond, the trailer twists a
sweet-looking, coming of age drama into a tense mob thriller. Can
Charlie survive a Romanian underworld of violence and win the girl he
loves? Judging from the fact that the original title was  “The
Unnecessary Death of Charlie Countryman” we’re not so sure.

Where to Watch: iTunes, Amazon, Charter, Comcast, Google Play, DirecTV, Playstation, SuddenLink, Time Warner, Verizon FIOS, Vudu, XBOX

“Cold Turkey” (November 12)

A damaged family gets together for the holidays resulting in drama,
tears and hijinks. Sounds like everyone’s Thanksgiving, right? Writer
and director Will Solombe pits Peter Bogdanovich, Cheryl Hines, Alicia
Witt, Sonya Walger, Ashton Holmes and Wilson Bethel against one another
across the Turkey Day dinner table as they try and work through some of
their family issues. With a family like this, you might end up being
thankful for your own.

Where to Watch: Amazon Instant Video, Bright House,
Optimum, Charter, Cox, DirectTV, Time Warner Cable, Verizon, Vudu,
Xfinity, iTunes, Rogers Anyplace TV

“Is the Man Who is Tall Happy?” (November 22)

Michel Gondry’s largely animated documentary “Is the Man Who is Tall Happy?” brings to life a series of conversations that Gondry (“Eternal
Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” “The Science of Sleep”) had with famed
linguist, philosopher and activist Noam Chomsky over a period of time.
Gondry uses animation to visually convey Chomsky’s dense stream of
ideas.

Where to Watch: iTunes, Bright House, Cablevision, Comcast, Cox, Insight, Time Warner

“Kilimanjaro” (November 19)

Writer-director Walter Strafford debuted his first feature,
“Kilimanjaro” at this years’ South by Southwest. The romantic drama
follows Doug (Brian Geraghty) who is down on his luck, lacks
motivation, and decides to regain ambition by climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro
when his relationship comes to an end.

Where to Watch: Amazon Instant Video, Bright House,
Optimum, Charter, Cox, DirectTV, Time Warner Cable, Verizon, Vudu,
Xfinity, iTunes, Rogers Anyplace TV


“The Last Days On Mars” (November 1)

The astronauts of the first manned mission to Mars are about to head
home. But when a determined member of the crew believes he has made an
amazing discovery that could lead to the evidence of life, he disobeys
orders to gather more information. One by one, the group falls prey to
whatever alien being has been unleashed and the horrors of space take
over. Stars Liev Schreiber, Romola Garai and Elias Koteas.

Watch to Watch: iTunes, Amazon, Charter, Comcast, Google Play, DirecTV, Playstation, SuddenLink, Time Warner, Verizon FIOS, Vudu, XBOX


“The Motel Life” (November 8)

Sweeping last years’ Rome Film Festival, “The Motel Life,” directed by
the Polsky brothers, took home the audience award, best screenplay, and
received a nomination for the Golden Marc’Aurello Award for both its
directors. The film centers on blue-collar brothers Frank (Emile Hirsch) and
Jerry (Stephen Dorff) in their quest to flee their Reno Motel upon
involving themselves in a fatal car accident.
Frank’s girlfriend, Annie (Dakota Fanning), and mentor Earl (Kris
Kristofferson) prove helpful in their attempt to get away.

Where to Watch: iTunes, Amazon, Charter, Comcast, Google Play, DirecTV, Playstation, SuddenLink, Time Warner, Verizon FIOS, Vudu, XBOX



“The Truth About Emmanuel” (November 26)

With a Grand Jury nomination at the Sundance Film Festival, and
wins at both the Brooklyn and Ashland Independent Film Festivals, “The
Truth About Emanuel” marks
Francesca Gregorini’s sophomore feature, following “Tanner Hall” starring Rooney Mara. Her latest follows troubled Emanuel (Kaya
Scodelario) as she begins baby-sitting for her neighbor Linda (Jessica
Biel), only to strike up an obsession with her due to her bearing an uncanny
resemblance to Emanuel’s deceased mother.

Where to Watch: iTunes, Amazon, Charter, Comcast, Google Play, DirecTV, Playstation, SuddenLink, Time Warner, Verizon FIOS, Vudu, XBOX

[Editor’s Note: Nigel M. Smith, Casey Cipriani, Clint Holloway and Ohad Amram contributed to this article.]

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Comments

Douggie Chimes

How did "The Institute" not make this list?

friendship nail

God, Shia Lebeauf is starting to look like Adrian Brody. The bohemian actor's life is killing your youthful beauty, dude.

Nonnie Mouse

Correction to the above RE: Kilimanjaro- The lead character is Doug played by Brian Geraghty (as seen in the trailer).

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