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The 10 Indies to Watch on VOD This April

Photo of Nigel M Smith By Nigel M Smith | Indiewire April 5, 2013 at 11:35AM

This month on VOD: The latest from the makers of "Martha Marcy May Marlene," the pleasingly grisly debut from David Cronenberg's son, a Jeff Buckley biopic starring "Gossip Girl" star Penn Badgley as the famous musician, a mystery-ridden road story from "Upstream Color" star Amy Seimetz, and much more. Below are the 10 indies to watch on VOD this month in alphabetical order.

"Greetings From Tim Buckley" (April 16)
"Greetings from Tim Buckley," which screened at Toronto last year, leads up to Jeff Buckley's famous 1991 singing debut at his father's tribute concert in Brooklyn. Over the course of Dan Algrant's drama, Jeff ("Gossip Girl" star Penn Badgley) struggles with bitterness toward his father who abandoned him and died at age 28 in 1977. The film charts the lives of both Jeff in 1991 as he prepares for the concert and falls in love with Allie (Imogen Poots), and Tim in the '70s during his early years as a father.

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

"Love Hate Love" (April 23)
It's been ten years since Liz Alderman's son Peter was killed in the Twin Towers and five years since her sister was killed in the London 7/7 bombings. Every day since then she's faced the same two options; succumbing to the depths of despair or finding a way to survive. Esther Hyman knows about this choice. Her sister was killed when her bus was blown up, she too has had to continuously keep from being immobilized by sadness. And Ben Tullipan now lives minus two legs because of his encounter with a car bomb. Their lives, shattered by terrorists, are now on a new path and they're taking thousands of people along for the ride. The documentary "Love Hate Love" follows these survivors as they search for honor, meaning and a new life's path.

Where to Watch: Comcast, Time Warner, Cox, iTunes, Amazon, Xbox, Vudu, Google Play

"Simon Killer" (April 12)
Conceived of by director Antonio Campos ("Afterschool") and star Brady Corbet ("Melancholia"), "Simon Killer" follows Simon (Corbet), an American college grad who, on the heels of a rough break-up with his high school sweetheart, decides to visit Paris. Once there, he quickly falls for a young prostitute (stunning breakout Mati Diop, of "35 Shots Of Rum"). As they become more involved in each others lives, Simon's true intentions are brought into question.

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

"Sun Don't Shine" (April 26)
Written and directed by actress/filmmaker Amy Seimetz ("Upstream Color"), "Sun Don't Shine" follows Crystal (Kate Lyn Sheil) and her boyfriend Leo (Kentucker Audley) on a tense and mysterious road trip through central Florida. Seimetz keeps the purpose of their journey and the motivations behind their heated altercations unclear. As the couple travels up the Gulf Coast, the disturbing details of their excursion gradually begin to emerge.

Where to Watch:

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

"Wuss" (April 2)

"Wuss," a 2011 SXSW entry, is the darkly comic drama of Mitch, a high school teacher, who faces constant ridicule after he's repeatedly beaten up by several of his own students. When he hooks up with a student with a dark past to seek revenge, the two of them bond to fight back and Mitch is a wuss no more. Bonded in battle, the student and teacher form a friendship that stretches the use of the word inappropriate.

Where to Watch:
Comcast, Time Warner, Cox, iTunes, Amazon, Xbox, Vudu, Google Play

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