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The 10 Indies to Watch on VOD This July: 'Life Itself,' 'The Congress' and More

Indiewire By Indiewire | Indiewire July 2, 2014 at 10:13AM

Indiewire has compiled a list of new releases due for on-demand platforms this July, including "Life Itself" and "The Congress."
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"The Congress"

Now that school's out and summer is in full swing, we are here to help out with your indie viewing needs. Here is a list (in alphabetical order) of 10 noteworthy indie titles that will become available for streaming this July.

READ MORE: The 9 Indie Films You Must See This July

"Beyond the Edge" (July 4)

A 3D exploration of the world's highest peak, "Beyond the Edge" takes viewers on the long climb up Mount Everest with landmark explorers Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay in 1953. By using archival interviews and rarely seen footage, documentarian Leanne Pooley recreates the historic first journey up Everest in stunning visual style. "Beyond the Edge" premiered at TIFF last year to solid reviews.


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

"A Brony Tale" (July 15)

From director Brant Hodge, this quirky and illuminating documentary explores the subculture of "Bronies," a largely male population of adults who are connected by their affinity for the children's cartoon "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic" because of the show's positive, teamwork-oriented moral. Taking the angle of documenting Ashleigh Ball, a voice-actor on the show, and her coming to embrace her surprising fan base, "A Brony Tale" takes viewers to BronyCon, a festival like no other. 

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

"Cannibal" (July 15)

This Spanish-language release from TIFF is about exactly what it sounds like. Carlos, whose day job is as one of the most acclaimed tailors in Granada, moonlights as a murderer played by Antonio de la Torre in this demon's love story. His remorseless murdering spree slows when innocent Nina, a foil to Carlos's intrinsic evil, shows him the true nature of his actions. Positively reviewed, "Cannibal" is directed by Manuel Martin Cuenca.

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

"The Congress" (July 15)

Ari Folman's much anticipated return after shocking viewers with the intricate animated documentary "Waltz with Bashir" is "The Congress," which stars Robin Wright as a fictionalized version of herself, an aging actress clinging onto stardom. Featuring what can only be described as a flood of historic animation techniques, this criticism of the Hollywood establishment sends Wright into a digital world like nothing we've seen on screen before.

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

"Half of a Yellow Sun" (July 1)

Starring "12 Years A Slave" lead Chiwetel Ejiofor as a revolutionary professor in the midst of the 1960s' Nigerian Civil War in which the Republic of Biafra seceded from Nigeria. Based on the best-seller of the same name, "Half of a Yellow Sun" also stars Thandie Newton and Dominic Cooper. Ejiofor brings his patented passion and depth to the well-recieved film.

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

"Life Itself" (July 4)

Steve James made one of the true landmark documentaries in 1994's "Hoop Dreams," which Roger Ebert suggested should receive an unprecedented Best Picture nomination. In "Life Itself," James crafts an emotional documentary that pays tribute the great critic. Having began production before Ebert's death in 2013, the documentary provides a full look into the rise of the most popular film critic around, and a unique glimpse into his later years, marked by illness.

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

"Louder than Words" (July 1)

Based on a true story of love, loss and redemption, "Louder than Words" tells the touching story of a family that is forced to cope with the loss of their young daughter and opens the Maria Fareri Children's Hospital in her memory. Starring David Duchovny and Hope Davis as the girl's parents and Timothy Hutton as a close family friend, "Louder than Words" contemplates tragedy and one's ability to cope.

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

"Particle Fever" (July 15)

In Mark Levinson's enriching documentary, physicists are on the verge of one of the great scientific discoveries of all time, or perhaps their greatest failure. Following six scientists through the $10 billion experiment that was planned to unveil the nature of existence by recreating the conditions directly preceding the big bang, "Particle Fever" features the work of veteran editor and physics buff Walter Murch, who says that the arc of the film is the development of the machine, but also is interesting for its implications about human curiosity. 

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

"Premature" (July 2)

A modern "Groundhog Day" rooted in the teen sex-comedy sphere, "Premature" pits young Rob (Alan Tudyk) in a psychological downward spiral as he re-experiences the events of the most stressful day of his life over and over again. The film's charm comes from its ambiguity: is this just a case of deja vu, is he stuck in a dream, or is there something much greater and more twisted going on? "Premature" was directed by writer Dan Beers.

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

"Two Faces of January" (July 3)

Based on a novel of the same name, "The Two Faces of January" is sunny neo-noir at its best, starring Oscar Isaac, Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst. An affluent couple (Mortensen and Dunst) get caught up in a murderous plot and elicit the help of a tour guide (Isaac) to help them get away safely. With positive reviews and widely recognizable names on the parquet, expect this beautiful period thriller to have some staying power. 

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

This article is related to: The Two Faces of January, Snowpiercer, Premature, Beyond the Edge, A Brony Tale, Cannibal, The Congress, Particle Fever, Louder Than Words, Life Itself, Half of a Yellow Sun, New On VOD, VOD/Streaming