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The 9 Indies to Watch on VOD This March

Indiewire By Indiewire Staff | Indiewire March 4, 2013 at 11:15AM

This month on VOD: A vampire romance from this year's SXSW lineup that marks the directorial debut of one of John Cassevetes' daughters, three standouts from last year's SXSW film festival that finally make their way onto VOD a full year after debuting in Austin, a documentary for all you "Shining" fans out there, and much more.
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Xan Cassavetes' "Kiss of the Damned"

This month on VOD: A vampire romance from this year's SXSW lineup that marks the directorial debut of one of John Cassevetes' daughters, three standouts from last year's SXSW film festival that finally make their way onto VOD a full year after debuting in Austin, a documentary for all you "Shining" fans out there, and much more.

"Beyond the Hills" (March 14)
A foreign language film knockout, Cristian Mungiu's "Beyond The Hills" debuted at last year's Cannes Film Festival and won a joint prize for actresses Cristina Flutur and Cosmina Stratan (beating out eventual Oscar nominee Emmanuelle Riva, no less). Inspired by Tatiana Niculescu Bran's novels, the film stars Flutur and Stratan as two young women at an Orthodox convent in Romania. Said Eric Kohn in his Cannes review: "Individual moments testify to the qualities that make contemporary Romanian cinema so incredibly involving -- the use of a slow-burn, real-time approach that draws you into the small details of a story and then pulls out to absorb the big picture."

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

"Electrick Children" (March 15)
Writer-director Rebecca Thomas, a Mormon and native of Las Vegas, uses her fable "Electrick Children" to explore the story of a precocious yet sheltered girl living with her Mormon fundamentalist family, who experiences a spiritual awakening on her fifteenth birthday after discovering a rock 'n roll cassette tape. Claiming pregnancy by way of immaculate conception three months later, the girl (played by buzzed-about newcomer Julia Garner) runs away to Las Vegas in search of the tape's bewitching voice.

Where to Watch: iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, YouTube, Playstation, XBOX, Vudu, Time Warner, Dish Network, Blockbuster on Demand, Cablevision

"Gimme the Loot" (March 29)
A year after leading the juried awards at the 2012 SXSW Film Festival, Adam Leon's "Gimme The Loot" lands on VOD a full year following its debut. Leon's first feature, "Gimme" follows a group of young New York graffiti artists, fronted by standouts Tashiana Washington and Ty Hickson as Sofia and Malcolm. "Following Sofia and Malcolm through a series of misadventures set to powerful soul music," Eric Kohn wrote at SXSW, "'Gimme the Loot' meanders aplenty but finds two reliable anchors in its leads. Washington infuses Sophia with a feistiness that keeps all the crude libido of a male-dominated world at bay; physically charged in a way rarely seen among female screen performances even today, she's a genuine discovery."

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

"Kiss of the Damned" (March 28)

A tale of forbidden love, "Kiss of the Damned" marks the writing-directing debut of Xan Cassavetes, daughter to John Cassavetes and Gena Rowlands. In the full blooded romance, Milo Ventimiglia plays a human screenwriter who falls for a beautiful vampire named Djuna (Josephine de La Baume). While initially trying to resist her feelings for Paolo, Djuna eventually gives into their passion and leads him into the dark world of vampires. Their love is tested when Djuna's sister Mimi (Roxane Mesquida) comes to visit to stir up trouble. The film screens at SXSW this weekend.

Where to Watch:

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



"Let Fury Have the Hour" (March 5)
Rough, raw and unapologetic filmmaker Antonino D'Ambrosio's "Let Fury Have the Hour" is an exuberant, mixed media collage that incorporates graphic art, music, animation, and spoken word. The film takes a look at the catalysts that drive artists and musicians to create, bringing together over 50 artists, writers, musicians and activists including Eve Ensler, Lewis Black, John Sayles, Shepard Fairey, Chuck D, Billy Bragg, Wayne Kramer, Tom Morello and more.

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

"Polish Bar" (March 19)
The gritty indie "Polish Bar" centers on Reuben ("Boardwalk Empire" star Vincent Piazza), a young, middle-class Jew, fed up with the family jewelry business. To shake things up, he looks for respect by trying to prove himself as a Hip Hop DJ and working for Polish criminals at the local strip club. Before he's had a chance to make a break for it, Reuben is brought back to reality by the return of Moises, his Orthodox cousin, who forces him to reexamine his values and beliefs.

Where to Watch: iTunes, Amazon, Movies On Demand, Cinemanow, Playstation, Vudu, XBOX, YouTube



"Room 237" (March 29)
Rodney Ascher's buzzed-about documentary "Room 237" examines Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining," dividing itself into nine segments, each focusing on different elements within the film which aim to reveal hidden clues that hint at a bigger thematic oeuvre. It uses footage from "The Shining" and other Kubrick films (as well as discussions with Kubrick enthusiasts) and is in general a huge gift for Kubrick fans and cinema lovers. "The takeaway isn't just that 'The Shining' is a rich text, but that its richness is a paragon of the magically subjective experience that all great cinema provides," Eric Kohn wrote in his Indiewire review.

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

"Somebody Up There Likes Me" (March 12)
Nick Offerman, best known as the mustachioed boss Ron Swanson on "Parks and Recreation," sticks to the deadpan, situational comedy he does so well in the 2012 SXSW breakout "Somebody Up There Likes Me." An existential comedy about the small successes and failures that make up our existence, the film also stars Keith Poulson as his best friend and Jess Weixler as the beautiful girl who comes into their lives.

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

"Welcome to the Punch" (March 30)


The second feature from acclaimed British director and filmmaker Eran Creevy ("Shifty"), "Welcome to the Punch" is the story of two arch-nemeses: detective Max Lewinsky (James McAvoy) and master criminal Jacob Sternwood (Mark Strong). When Sternwood escaped three years ago after a daring robbery, Max was left emotionally and physically scarred. But after Sternwood’s son turns up in a hospital due to a failed heist, he’s forced to return to London – giving Max his second chance to get the one criminal who got away. The thriller also stars Andrea Riseborough and Peter Mullan.

Where to Watch:

iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, YouTube, Playstation, XBOX, Vudu, Time Warner



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