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The 10 Indies to Watch on VOD This June: 'Happy Christmas,' 'Hellion,' 'Ping Pong Summer' and More

By Indiewire | Indiewire June 2, 2014 at 1:33PM

Happy June! We've compiled a list of the 10 best indies to watch on VOD this month.
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Ping Pong Summer, Susan Sarandon

Summer is here! Happy June indie lovers. Now that it's starting to get warmer, you might want to stick to the indoor air conditioning more often than not. Thankfully, there are a whole bunch of new indies on demand this month. To help you figure out what to watch, we've compiled a list of the 10 best indies to watch on VOD this month. Click on film title to learn more.

"Happy Christmas" (
June 26)

We thoroughly enjoyed Mumblecore maven Joe Swanberg's "Drinking Buddies," and his latest endeavor, "Happy Christmas," once again shows the director-writer-actor at his best. The film stars Anna Kendrick (who also appeared in "Drinking Buddies") as Jenny, a 20-something who has a serious case of arrested development. When she goes to live with her brother (Swanberg) and his wife, a serious novelist (Melanie Lynskey), trouble ensues. Lena Dunham also stars as Carson, Jenny's friend and partner-in-crime. 



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

"Hellion" (June 13

)

"Hellion," a film about a father and son trying to get their life together, captivated audiences when it first premiered at Sundance earlier this year. The film's director, Kat Chandler, then went on to win acclaim at SXSW. "Hellion" follows 13-year-old Jacob Wilson (Josh Wiggins in his feature film debut). Obsessed with heavy metal, dirt bike racing and partaking in the occasional act of vandalism with his band of delinquents, Jacob’s behavior has begun to raise concerns around town, especially when it starts to involve his younger brother Wes. Jacob's father, Hollis (Aaron Paul), must deal with his problematic son while navigating the heart-breaking emotional fallout of his wife's recent death. 


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

"Lullaby" (June 13

)

"Lullaby" is a star-studded family drama centered around a cancer-stricken father, played by the always reliable Richard Jenkins, and his estranged kids who once again become involved in his life after he decides to take himself off life support. Garrett Hedlund (“On the Road”) and Jessica Brown Findlay (“Downton Abbey”) stars as his kids. Rounding up the wonderful cast are Amy Adams, Terrence Howard and Jennifer Hudson in supporting roles.


Where to Watch:
Amazon Instant Video, Bright House, Optimum, Charter, Cox, DirectTV, Time Warner Cable, Verizon, Vudu, Xfinity, iTunes, Rogers Anyplace TV

"Ping Pong Summer" (June 6

)

It's 1985 and Susan Sarandon is here. Need anyone say more? Michael Tully's (“Cocaine Angel,” “Septien”) summer fun film "Ping Pong Summer" is a must-see if only for the appropriately-seasoned release date and its amazing cast. Lea Thompson and Amy Sedaris grace the screen, as well as the always beautiful, always talented Susan Sarandon whose quoted by Indiewire's own Kyle Burton as being the film's "Miyagi-like ping pong sensei". The film follows a boy and amateur ping pong enthusiast (Marcello Conte) who sets out to have the time of his life during his family's summer vacation in Ocean City. Adolescent trials and coming-of-age romances sprinkle the screen with a fun cinematic throwback to what life was like in the era of hip-hop and short-shorts. 


Where to Watch:
Amazon Instant Video, Bright House, Optimum, Charter, Cox, DirectTV, Time Warner Cable, Verizon, Vudu, Xfinity, iTunes, Rogers Anyplace TV

"The Final Member" (June 17

)

This peculiar 75-minute documentary explores the Icelandic Phallological Museum, which is dedicated to curating the history of male genetalia. “The world’s only penis museum needs one last endowment,” is the tagline, as the movie introduces the two individuals who have volunteered to donate their specimen for the sake of history. “The Final Member” is directed by Jonah Bekhor and Zach Math.

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

"The Pretty One" (June 3)

Zoe Kazan ("Ruby Sparks") takes the challenge of playing both twins in "The Pretty One," a comedic drama from first time feature-filmmaker Jenee LaMarque. When the more outgoing, personable and attractive twin dies, her sister Laurel assumes her sister’s life which finally gives her the life she always wanted. So, yes, Kazan plays a girl who plays another girl Kazan plays, and that’s cool. Jake Johnson ("No Strings Attatched") also stars.

Where to Watch: Amazon Instant Video, Bright House, Optimum, Charter, Cox, DirectTV, Time Warner Cable, Verizon, Vudu, Xfinity, iTunes, Rogers Anyplace TV

"They Came Together" (
June 27

)

This wonderfully effective romantic comedy self-satire from David Wain stars Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler as a typical “hate at first sight” to “opposites attract” pair of lovers. The star-studded comedy also includes performances by Cobie Smulders, Ed Helms, Max Greenfield, Bill Hader, Melanie Lynskey, Christopher Meloni, Keenan Thompson, Jack McBrayer and many, many more.


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

"Very Good Girls" (

June 24

)

"The 40 Year Old Virgin” and “American Pie” have shown us that audiences love virginity comedies. Joining the group is “Very Good Girls,” a drama that stars Elizabeth Olsen and Dakota Fanning as best friends who fall in love with a street artist, played by Boyd Holbrook. Demi Moore, Richard Dreyfuss, Ellen Barkin, Clark Gregg, Kiernan Shipka and Peter Sarsgaard complete the cast.


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

"Venus in Fur" (June 20

)

The last time Roman Polanski adapted a play, it was a sloppy and rather forgettable version of Yasmina Reza’s "God of Carnage." Now, just a couple of years later, the renowned director ("Chinatown" and "Rosemary’s Baby") brings us "Venus in Fur," a two-person work about a jaded playwright, Thomas, who is unable to find the right actress to play a role in his upcoming production—that is until he finds Vanda, a woman who soon becomes his obsession. Polanski, never one to shy away from dark, creepy and sexy seems to be in his element here. Yes, Polanski’s "Carnage" had similar potential, but the source material, which didn’t allow for much movement (it all takes place in one apartment), was too limiting for the filmmaker. "Venus in Fur," on the other hand, is the type of project, both tonally and thematically, that we love to see from the director. 


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

"Whitey: United States of America V. Bulger" (June 27)

From Oscar-nominated documentarian Joe Berlinger (“Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory”) comes a detailed look at the high-level corruption in the contemporary legal system. Using the trial of infamous Boston organized crime leader Whitey Bulger as its jumping off point, this true crime documentary offers a universal tale of human frailty, opportunism, deception, and the often elusive nature of truth and justice.


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

This article is related to: VOD, VOD/Streaming, New On VOD, Hellion, Ping Pong Summer, Venus in Fur, Lullaby, Very Good Girls, Whitey: The United States Vs. James J. Bulger, The Final Member, Happy Christmas, Trailers