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May 24, 2011 1:43 AM
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Small Screens: indieWIRE's Top 4 Releases This Week

This week on Small Screens: "A Small Act" and "L'Amour Fou."

This week two critically acclaimed docs hit DVD, Yves Saint Laurent gets remembered on VOD and David Hyde Pierce plays the perfect host.

Top DVD Pick for This Week:

Title: "A Small Act"
Director: Jennifer Arnold

The Deal: A big winner on the festival circuit, Jennifer Arnold first feature documentary, "A Small Act," interweaves the lives Kenya-born Chris Mburu and his Swedish sponsor Hilde Back, to prove what a difference a single action can make. Her $15 a month donation entitled Mburu to a primary and secondary education. Now he works as a human rights lawyer for the United Nations, after graduating from Harvard Law School.

"This film is very empowering," Arnold said of her film to indieWIRE before premiering it at Sundance last year. "At its core, the film’s message is that each of us can make a big difference in the world, just by doing the little bit that we can. That might sound cheesy, but it is totally true and I think audiences will be very inspired by the story."

Extras: Both the original 88-minute feature and a 54-minute version are featured on this DVD. In addition, the disc contains the film's trailer and the mini documentary "Homecoming."

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Synopsis courtesy distributor

Title: "Public Speaking"
Director: Martin Scorsese
The Deal: Wise, brilliant and funny, Fran Lebowitz hit the New York literary scene in the early '70s when Andy Warhol hired the unknown scribe to write a column for Interview magazine. Today, she's an acclaimed author with legions of fans who adore her acerbic wit. Directed my Martin Scorsese and produced by Vanity Fair editor Graydon Cater, and Margaret Bodde, "Public Speaking" spotlights Lebowitz's experiences and sardonic world view.
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Top VOD Pick for This Week

Title: "L'Amour Fou"
Director: Pierre Thoretton

The Deal: Pierre Thoretton's moving Yves Saint Laurent tribute, "L'Amour Fou," premiered at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival and was recently featured in the Spotlight selection at this year's Tribeca Film Festival.

The documentary, Thoretton's first, tracks the 52-year relationship between and his business/life partner Pierre Bergé through a series of interviews with Bergé, conducted after he decides to auction off their joint art collection following Laurent’s death. Lovers of fashion will no doubt eat this eat up on VOD. But despite all the luxury and haute couture on display, the film at its core is really a simple love story of how two men made it work over the course of half a century together.

Where to Find: IFC On Demand, starting May 25th.
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Synopsis courtesy distributor

Title: "The Perfect Host"
Director: Nick Tomnay
The Deal: Warwick Wilson is the consummate host. He carefully prepares for a dinner party, the table impeccably set and the duck perfectly timed for 8:30 p.m. John Taylor is a career criminal. He’s just robbed a bank and needs to get off the streets. He finds himself on Warwick’s doorstep posing as a friend of a friend, new to Los Angeles, who’s been mugged and lost his luggage. As the wine flows and the evening progresses, we become deeply intertwined in the lives of these two men and discover just how deceiving appearances can be. With outstanding performances by David Hyde Pierce and Clayne Crawford, cowriter/director Nick Tomnay takes us on a suspense-filled ride where nothing is as it seems. "The Perfect Host" is a slippery psychological thriller that exposes true human nature and reveals just how far we’re willing to go to satisfy our needs.
Where to Find: Magnolia Pictures On Demand, starting May 27th.
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