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by Indiewire Staff
March 4, 2013 11:15 AM
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The 9 Indies to Watch on VOD This March

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

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  • THOR | March 4, 2013 1:51 PMReply

    No "Silver Bullets" by Joe Swanberg?!!


  • xixax | March 4, 2013 1:32 PMReply

    I would add Hong Sang-soo's OKI'S MOVIE, available on Amazon (and elsewhere?)

  • Elizabeth | March 4, 2013 12:30 PMReply

    Great movies- I wish more of them were on Verizon FIOS!

  • Indiewire | March 4, 2013 11:33 AMReply

    Fixed. Thanks.

  • Matt | March 4, 2013 11:30 AMReply

    Hate to be that guy, but also, c'mon: Nick Offerman plays Ron Swanson not Rick Swanson on Parks & Rec.