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The 10 Indies to Watch on VOD This November: 'Ass Backwards,' 'Charlie Countryman' and More

Indiewire By Indiewire | Indiewire November 5, 2013 at 11:36AM

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 November.
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Shia Labeouf and Evan Rachel Wood in "Charlie Countryman"
Shia Labeouf and Evan Rachel Wood in "Charlie Countryman"

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 November. Click on film title to learn more.

"As I Lay Dying" (November 1)

James Franco writes, directs and stars in this adaptation of William Faulkner's novel, that follows the death of Addie Bundren and the family's quest to honor her wish to be buried in the nearby town of Jefferson. Since premiering at Cannes, the film has received mixed responses, with some saying Franco respectfully brought the Nobel Prize winner's elegiac prose to life and others considering it another one of Franco's experimental endeavors. You be the judge.

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


"Ass Backwards" (November 8)

June Diane Raphael and Casey Wilson star as Kate and Chloe, two life-long best friends united by their quirkiness and lack of direction in life, stemming from ever since they came in dead last at a child beauty pageant. When they are invited to compete in the pageant's 50th anniversary installment, the two girls take off on a cross-country road trip that involves the kind of nutty and crude gags encapsulated by the film's title.

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


"A Case of You" (November 6)

Justin Long stars as Sam, a love-starved sad sack who develops a crush on Birdie (Evan Rachel Wood), the barista at his nearby coffee shop. Instead of trying to straightforwardly court her affection, he stalks her on Facebook and reinvents himself to fit perfectly with her likes and interests. "A Case of You" is a romantic comedy with a plot developed from cyberstalking in the contemporary social media age.

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


"Charlie Countryman" (November 15)

Charlie Countryman's (Shia Lebeouf) deceased mother appears to him in a vision telling him to go to Bucharest. When a fellow passenger dies on his flight, Charlie meets and falls for a beautiful musician (Evan Rachael Wood) who is connected to a vicious gangster (Mads Mikkelsen). From first time feature director Fredrik Bond, the trailer twists a sweet-looking, coming of age drama into a tense mob thriller. Can Charlie survive a Romanian underworld of violence and win the girl he loves? Judging from the fact that the original title was  "The Unnecessary Death of Charlie Countryman" we're not so sure.

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


"Cold Turkey" (November 12)

A damaged family gets together for the holidays resulting in drama, tears and hijinks. Sounds like everyone's Thanksgiving, right? Writer and director Will Solombe pits Peter Bogdanovich, Cheryl Hines, Alicia Witt, Sonya Walger, Ashton Holmes and Wilson Bethel against one another across the Turkey Day dinner table as they try and work through some of their family issues. With a family like this, you might end up being thankful for your own.

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

Liev Schreiber in "The Last Days on Mars"
Liev Schreiber in "The Last Days on Mars"


"Is the Man Who is Tall Happy?" (November 22)

Michel Gondry's largely animated documentary "Is the Man Who is Tall Happy?" brings to life a series of conversations that Gondry ("Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," "The Science of Sleep") had with famed linguist, philosopher and activist Noam Chomsky over a period of time. Gondry uses animation to visually convey Chomsky's dense stream of ideas.

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


"Kilimanjaro" (November 19)

Writer-director Walter Strafford debuted his first feature, "Kilimanjaro" at this years' South by Southwest. The romantic drama follows Doug (Brian Geraghty) who is down on his luck, lacks motivation, and decides to regain ambition by climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro when his relationship comes to an end.

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


"The Last Days On Mars" (November 1)

The astronauts of the first manned mission to Mars are about to head home. But when a determined member of the crew believes he has made an amazing discovery that could lead to the evidence of life, he disobeys orders to gather more information. One by one, the group falls prey to whatever alien being has been unleashed and the horrors of space take over. Stars Liev Schreiber, Romola Garai and Elias Koteas.

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


"The Motel Life" (November 8)

Sweeping last years' Rome Film Festival, "The Motel Life," directed by the Polsky brothers, took home the audience award, best screenplay, and received a nomination for the Golden Marc'Aurello Award for both its directors. The film centers on blue-collar brothers Frank (Emile Hirsch) and Jerry (Stephen Dorff) in their quest to flee their Reno Motel upon involving themselves in a fatal car accident. Frank's girlfriend, Annie (Dakota Fanning), and mentor Earl (Kris Kristofferson) prove helpful in their attempt to get away.

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


"The Truth About Emmanuel" (November 26)

With a Grand Jury nomination at the Sundance Film Festival, and wins at both the Brooklyn and Ashland Independent Film Festivals, "The Truth About Emanuel" marks Francesca Gregorini's sophomore feature, following "Tanner Hall" starring Rooney Mara. Her latest follows troubled Emanuel (Kaya Scodelario) as she begins baby-sitting for her neighbor Linda (Jessica Biel), only to strike up an obsession with her due to her bearing an uncanny resemblance to Emanuel's deceased mother.

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

[Editor's Note: Nigel M. Smith, Casey Cipriani, Clint Holloway and Ohad Amram contributed to this article.]

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