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by Casey Cipriani
June 28, 2013 12:00 PM
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Here Are the New Indies (Hopefully) Playing In a Theater Near You: 'Byzantium,' 'I'm So Excited,' 'Laurence Anyways' and More

"Byzantium" IFC Films
Gemma Arterton hits theaters for the second weekend in a row (following last week's "Unfinished Song"), this time as a vampire; a new documentary teaches us the real roots of punk, and Pedro Almodovar's latest opens. Here's a list of the indies opening this week, with synopses courtesy of the distributors, in alphabetical order.

"100 Bloody Acres"
Opening In:
Limited Nationwide (Expanding July 5)
In "100 Bloody Acres," brothers Reg and Lindsay Morgan are struggling to keep their organic blood and bone fertilizer business in motion. Their secret "recipe" for success (using dead car crash victims in their product) was a huge boon to business, but lately supply has been gravely low. Months have passed since their last find, and an important new customer is now waiting on a delivery. When junior partner Reg (amon Herriman of "Justified") stumbles upon 3 travelers stranded on a remote country road, he cooks up a radical solution to their problem, and a way of finally gaining the respect of his bossy big brother (Angus Sampson, featured in the upcoming "Insidious: Chapter 2"). But when Reg starts to fall for Sophie, one of the intended victims, things get complicated. 

A bloody good time, the Cairnes' brothers witty horror-comedy blends sly Australian humor, gory fun, and a clever storyline that gives "recycling" a whole new context.

"A Band Called Death"
Opening In: New York, Los Angeles, Denver, Austin, Houston, San Antonio, Detroit, Phoenix, Chicago, Seattle, Washington D.C. (Expanding July 5)
Punk before punk existed, three teenage brothers in the early '70s formed a band in their spare bedroom, began playing a few local gigs and even pressed a single in the hopes of getting signed. But this was the era of Motown and emerging disco. Record companies found Death's music and band name too intimidating, and the group were never given a fair shot, disbanding before they even completed one album. Equal parts electrifying rockumentary and epic family love story, "A Band Called Death" chronicles the incredible fairy-tale journey of what happened almost three decades later, when a dusty 1974 demo tape made its way out of the attic and found an audience several generations younger. Playing music impossibly ahead of its time, Death is now being credited as the first black punk band (hell... the first punk band!), and are finally receiving their long overdue recognition as true rock pioneers.

Opening In: New York, Los Angeles
A mother and daughter vampire duo pretend to be sisters as they target an unsuspecting man who has just inherited the Byzantium Hotel.

Opening In:
Limited Nationwide (Expanding July 12 and July 19)
Copperhead is unlike any Civil War movie to date. A story of the violent passions and burning feuds that set ablaze the home front during the Civil War, "Copperhead" is also a timeless and deeply moving examination of the price of dissent, the place of the individual amidst the hysteria of war time, and the terrible price of war. Based on the extraordinary novel by Harold Frederic, which the great American critic Edmund Wilson praised as a brave and singular book that "differs fundamentally from any other Civil War fiction," "Copperhead" is the story of Abner Beech, a stubborn and righteous farmer of Upstate New York, who defies his neighbors and his government in the bloody and contentious autumn of 1862. With "Copperhead," director Ron Maxwell, who with "Gettysburg" and "Gods and Generals" established himself as our foremost cinematic interpreter of the American Civil War, takes on the War from a stunning, unexpected and richly, unforgettably humanist angle. "Copperhead" is a parable of the Civil War and perhaps for our own time.

"Detention of the Dead"
Opening In:
It's just after 3PM at Lincoln High and detention has begun. But when the school is suddenly attacked by flesh-eating zombies, six trapped students – a lovesick nerd (Jacob Zachar of "Greek"), the goth-chick (Alexa Nikolas of "Zoey 101" and "The Walking Dead"), a stuck-up cheerleader (Christa B. Allen of "Revenge") and her bully boyfriend (Jayson Blair of "The Hard Times Of RJ Berger" and "The New Normal"), a stoner (Justin Chon of "The Twilight Saga" and "21 & Over") and a dumb jock (Max Adler of "Glee") – must battle hordes of the hungry undead. Get ready for the gut-chomping, limb-ripping, head-severing horror-comedy that proves the only thing more cruel and desperate than trying to survive high school is fighting the zombie apocalypse!