Here Are the New Indies (Hopefully) Playing In a Theater Near You: 'Much Ado About Nothing,' 'Violet & Daisy' and More
"Free China: The Courage to Believe" Opening In: New York Synopsis: In telling the courageous stories of Jennifer Zeng and Charles Lee, who were persecuted by the Chinese government for their spiritual beliefs in the ancient meditation practice of Falun Gong, the film exposes the widespread human rights violations that still take place today in China. It examines the conditions in the Chinese prison re-education program, the brutality of an authoritarian state against tens of millions of Falun Gong practitioners, and the efforts by people of conscience to stop the persecution.
"La Camioneta" Opening In: Los Angeles Synopsis: Every day dozens of decommissioned school buses leave the United States on a southward migration that carries them to Guatemala, where they are repaired, repainted, and resurrected as the brightly-colored camionetas that bring the vast majority of Guatemalans to work each day. Since 2006, nearly 1,000 camioneta drivers and fare-collectors have been murdered for either refusing or being unable to pay the extortion money demanded by local Guatemalan gangs. "La Camionete" follows one such bus on its transformative journey: a journey between North and South, between life and death, and through an unfolding collection of moments, people, and places that serve to quietly remind us of the interconnected worlds in which we live.
"The Rambler" Opening In: New York Synopsis:After being released from prison, a man known as "The Rambler" stumbles upon a strange mystery as he attempts the treacherous journey through back roads and small towns en route to reconnecting with his long-lost brother.
"I Send You This Place" Opening In: New York Synopsis: Part memoir, part travelogue, part philosophical rumination,"I Send You This Place" tells the story of a young woman whose wanderlust sparks an unexpected spiritual transformation. Andrea leaves her familiar life in Ohio and, accompanied by her new husband and filmmaking partner Pete, journeys to austere, exotic Iceland. There, Andrea encounters a landscape unlike anything she has ever experienced—a place where glaciers are more common than billboards, where inhabitants are known to speak to mountains, where summers bring twenty- four hours of daylight, and winters bring twenty-four hours of darkness.