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The 11 Indies to Watch On VOD This Month: 'Concussion,' 'Escape From Tomorrow,' 'Sal' and More

Indiewire By Clint Holloway | Indiewire October 3, 2013 at 9:48AM

To help you figure out what to watch on VOD this month, we've compiled a list of the 11 best indies new to VOD this month. Click on film title to learn more.
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"Escape From Tomorrow."

To help you figure out what to watch on VOD this month, we've compiled a list of the 11 best indies new to VOD this month. Click on film title to learn more.

"Concussion" (October 4)
One of the most talked about films at Sundance earlier this year, first-time feature director Stacey Passon's "Concussion" follows Abby, a comfortable lesbian housewife who, after getting in the head with a baseball and being sent to the ER, embarks on a journey of sexual discovery. Buying an apartment in the city under the guise of getting back to work as a decorator, Abby begins having trysts with various random call girls, even indulging in the profession herself.

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

"Escape From Tomorrow" (October 11)
Shot guerrilla-style at the Walt Disney World Resort, "Escape From Tomorrow" focuses on a family man named Jim who, on the eve of his last day with his family at the entertainment complex, is informed by his boss that he has been fired. Keeping the news under wraps so as not to put a damper on the rest of their trip, the joyful characters and images around the resort grow increasingly nightmarish, leading Jim down a surreal downward spiral. Considering the tyrannical control Disney has over its intellectual property, the fact that the film was made and is being released is some sort of miracle.

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

"Linsanity" (October 4)
Basketball player Jeremy Lin seemingly burst onto the sports scene in 2012, setting records with his games at the New York Knicks and inspiring the titular catchphrase. The documentary traces Lin's life and career, growing up in Palo Alto as the middle son of Taiwanese immigrants, and his ascension from playing point guard on his high school team to being picked up and dropped by the Golden State Warriors, before finally gaining attention from the New York Knicks. Director Evan Jackson Leong began making the film before Lin had even made it big, and he captures the story as it explodes into international pandemonium firsthand.

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

"The Taiwan Oyster" (October 1)
Simon and Darin are two laid-back ex-patriates living in Taiwan. When a close fellow ex-pat dies and there is no one back in the US to claim his body, they decide to do their best to give him a proper burial. With the help of a sympathetic clerk at the morgue, they circumvent the plan for him to be cremated by the local authorities, embarking on a road trip across the country to find the right place to lay him to rest.

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


"Sunlight Jr." (October 7)
Matt Dillon and Naomi Watts star as Richie and Melissa, a down-on-their-luck Florida couple barely getting by with her minimum wage job and his disability checks, facing eviction from the run-down motel they're inhabiting as well as visits from Melissa's ex. In addition to dealing with all of these hardships, Melissa learns that she is expecting a child. Upon hearing the news, the two attempt to overcome their tensions and struggles with their love for each other and hope for the future.

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

"Sal" (October 22)
James Franco pays tribute to Hollywood actor Sal Mineo in the titular biopic, which chronicles the final days of the star who appeared in such films as "Rebel Without A Cause" and "Switchblade Kid," who was stabbed to death in a robbery-motivated murder in 1976. "Sal" captures Mineo's final, fleeting moments of mortality, having fallen from teen idol to relative obscurity.

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

"Wakaliwood" (October 1)
"Wakaliwood" delves into the world of the (quite small) burgeoning movie community in Uganda, which came to attention two years ago when the trailer for the hilariously over-the-top action flick "Who Killed Captain Alex" went viral. Two years later, this documentary follows that film's director as he attempts to band together with 100 partners to go about creating an independent film industry in the African country, where even basic utilities are a struggle to obtain.

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

"Plush" (October 15)
Emily Browning stars as the lead singer of the titular rock band who goes off and marries a music journalist at the height of the music group's fame, causing her bandmate brother Jack to seep into a depression and eventually overdose. When Hayley finds a replacement for Jack during the band' comeback with Enzo, a man who looks mysteriously like Jack, things begin to take a turn for the macabre, with an obsessed fan and her husband's investigation into serial killers exacerbating the unease.

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


"Haunter" (October 18)
Abigail Breslin stars in this thriller as Lisa, a teenager whose entire family seem to be stuck in a sort of repetitive loop of the same day-to-day routine in their house. After hearing some spooky rumblings, Lisa comes in contact with the spirit of a young girl who claims that the spirit of the man who lived in the house before them is wishing to continue his killing spree, sending Lisa on an investigation that reveals more not just about the house's past, but about her own existence.

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

"The Last Days On Mars" (October 31)
As a six-month mission to Mars is winding down, one of the crew members is keen to stick around for a little while longer to further investigate what believes to be signs of life on the planet. Disobeying orders and going out to collect further samples, it becomes clear that what he discovers could also be jeopardizing and life-threatening to the entire mission.

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

"Best Man Down" (October 3)
Justin Long and Addison Timlin star as a couple whose wedding and early married life are severely hindered when the drunken best man Lumpy dies at the ceremony. Canceling their honeymoon in order to make preparations for Lumpy's funeral, this leads them to find out that there was more to the deceased best man than they thought.

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



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