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The 10 Indies to Watch on VOD This December: 'Some Velvet Morning, New Joe Swanberg and More

Indiewire By Indiewire | Indiewire December 3, 2013 at 10:5AM

To help you figure out what to watch on VOD this month, we've compiled a list of the 10 best indies new to VOD this month. Click on film title to learn more.
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Alice Eve and Stanley Tucci in Neil LaBute's "Some Velvet Morning"

To help you figure out what to watch on VOD this month, we've compiled a list of the 10 best indies new to VOD this month. Click on film title to learn more.

"All the Light in the Sky" (December 3)

Joe Swanberg who recently directed the critically acclaimed "Drinking Buddies," is back with a subdued melancholic work about an aging actress. Jane Adams stars and is a credited writer of this semi-autobiographical piece about an actresses' diminishing opportunities that come with age. Her humble existence is interrupted by her young, aspiring-actress niece who arrives for a weekend stay and forces her to confront her fears and burgeoning relationships.

Where to Watch: iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, YouTube, Playstation, XBOX, Vudu, Time Warner


"The Banshee Chapter" (December 12)

Writer-director Blair Erikson's "The Banshee Chapter" traces the harrowing repercussions of failed government sponsored mind-altering experiments on journalist Anne Roland's (Katie Winter) search for her vanished friend. Part fact, part fiction, "The Banshee Chapter" is "Margin Call" producer Zachary Quinto's latest thriller and takes the spine-shivering links between Anne and a haunting CIA conspiracy of unprecedented horror to the next level.

Where to Watch: iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, YouTube, Playstation, XBOX, Vudu, Time Warner


"Here Comes the Devil" (December 13)

In this strange horror, a married couple loses their children while on a family trip near some caves in Tijuana. The kids eventually reappear but it becomes clear that something terrifying has changed them.

Where to Watch: iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, YouTube, Playstation, XBOX, Vudu, Time Warner


"Jack, Jules, Esther and Me" (December 17)

Written and directed by Daniel Poliner, this coming of age story centers on four young high schoolers on their last weekend before heading off to college and the scheme to win a girl's heart. With strong performances by the lead actors and naturalistic dialogue, this lighthearted indie sets a quiet comedic tone.

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


"Live at the Foxes Den" (December 6)

In Michael Kristoff's "Live at the Foxes Den," Bobby Kelly (Jackson Rathbone) is a high profile corporate lawyer with a secure and promising career whose sudden nighttime stumble into the jazzy dimly lit cocktail lounge The Foxes Den forces him into professional limbo. Whatever the stakes, something about The Foxes Den and its embracing staff and regulars takes Bobby from a courtroom to a humble stage as he confronts the agony and the ecstasy of rebranding himself a jazz singer.

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


"The Selfish Giant" (December 17)

Arbor (Conner Chapman) is younger and more daring; Swifty (Shaun Thomas) is older and more cautious. But when the two Bradford teens find themselves out of school and running free upon the dark rolling hills of Northern England, a copper stealing gig quickly takes the fun out of playing hooky.

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


"Some Velvet Morning" (December 10)

Things go from bad to worse when Fred (Stanley Tucci) surprises Velvet (Alice Eve) with the news that he has finally left his wife, only to find himself rebuffed by his beautiful former mistress in veteran drama writer-director Neil LaBute's "Some Velvet Morning." Vowing to keep up the fight to win back Velvet's affection, Fred dives head first into emotional chaos as it unfolds from floor to floor in Velvet's white-walled townhouse.

Where to Watch: iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, YouTube, Playstation, XBOX, Vudu, Time Warner


"Twice Born" (December 6)

Starring Penelope Cruz and Emilie Hirsch, the romantic war drama "Twice Born" follows Cruz as she returns with her son to present-day Sarajevo where her son's father died in the Bosnian conflict.

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


"White Reindeer" (December 6)

Our own Eric Kohn said that director Zach Clarke "delivers a solemn twist on the holiday movie formula that simultaneously inhabits the genre and turns it inside out." This darkly comedic tale of an unexpected tragedy around the holiday season examines a housewife as she struggles to put her life back together. The dead pan humor contrasts well as she finds herself in more outrageous and dangerous situations.

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


"Wrong Cops" (December 20)

Quentin Dupieux's latest is a loose follow-up to his oddball comedy "Wrong." The comedy centers on a professionally rag tag gang of LAPD police officers steering from one gaff to another as they attempt to dispose of a body they burdened themselves with by opening fire at the wrong time and more importantly, at the wrong person.

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


[Nigel M. Smith, Ramzi De Coster and James Hiler contributed to this article.]

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