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by Peter Knegt
May 31, 2012 11:12 AM
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The 7 Indie Films You Must See This June

6. Seeking a Friend For the End of the World (June 22)

Director: Lorene Scafaria
Cast: Steve Carell, Keira Knightley, Adam Brody, Derek Luke, Connie Britton, Melanie Lynskey, Patton Oswalt, William Peterson
Distributor: Focus Features

Why is it a "Must See"? The first film from Lorene Scarfaria (who wrote "Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist"), "Seeking a Friend" is an apocalyptic comedy set amidst the impending doom of an asteroid crash. After his wife leaves him, Dodge (Steve Carell) teams up with his longtime British neighbor Penny (Keira Knightley) to search for his old childhood sweetheart before the asteroid arrives. Along the way, a promising cast of character actors pop up (from Patton Oswalt to Melanie Lynsky), sure to collectively offer one of the more fun cinematic takes on the end of days.

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7. Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present  (June 13 )

Director: Matthew Akers
Distributor: Music Box Films

Why Is It a "Must See"? One of the most talked about documentaries to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, "The Artist is Present" offers a take on New York-based Serbian performance artist Marina Abramović.  From March 14 to May 31, 2010, the Museum of Modern Art held a major retrospective and performance recreation of Abramović's work.  During this time, she performed "The Artist is Present," a 736-hour and 30-minute static, silent piece, in which she sat immobile in the museum's atrium as spectators were invited to take turns sitting opposite her. If you missed out on partaking, here's your cinematic second chance.

Check out the film's trailer:

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  • jingmei | June 1, 2012 8:58 AMReply

    Personally don't treat To Rome With Love et Seeking A Friend For The End of The World as indie films. Have seen Take This Waltz, definitely not just a romantic chick flick on the average surface, even kinda quirky. Also didn't realize could shattered tears by Seth Rogen, the dude does not juste deserve slacker comedies for sure. And it kind of geared for women at least for the point of the end, Sarah Polley's purpose is not that easy then looks like.

  • bob hawk | June 1, 2012 4:05 AMReply

    Great list, Peter. I still haven't seen #'s 1 or 6, but I love the rest -- and this summer is gonna be so full of treats. Amazing, with the recession, that there are more films being made (and entered into festivals) each year. Hurrah for the new technology!