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The 12 Indie Films You Must See This August

Photo of Peter Knegt By Peter Knegt | Indiewire August 2, 2012 at 1:23PM

August is about to offer quite the selection to movie-goers, with over 40 films listed on Indiewire's August calendar.
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9. Side By Side (August 17)

Director:  Chris Kenneally
Cast: Keanu Reeves
Distributor: Tribeca Film

Why is it a "Must See"? Along with director Chris Kenneally, unlikely digital cinema historian Keanu Reeves interviews dozens and dozens of folks from the film industry -- from Lars von Trier and David Fincher to David Lynch and George Lucas -- asking about both the science behind the development of digital cinema technology as well as its effects. Thorough, accessible and entertaining (in large part thanks to Reeves' surprisingly effective interviewing skills), the film is a new take on film history.

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10. Samsara (August 24)

Director: Ron Fricke
Distributor: Oscilloscope Labatories

Why is it a "Must See"? An extraordinarily different option than anything else on this list is Ron Fricke's non-verbal documentary "Samsara," a remarkable sensory experience filmed over a period of five years in twenty-five countries on five continents (and shot on 70mm film). "The footage captured by Fricke is unlike anything you will ever see -- based simply on the sheer effort that it took to do so," The Playlist wrote in their review. "His signature and innovative use of camera movement over time-lapse photography is visually breathtaking, interspersed with stunning slow motion film-portraits of various subjects along the journey. It has a rhythm and flow that ebbs like the tides, and a score that pulsates with a human heartbeat." If that's not enough to get you in a theater, this trailer should help:

 

11. & 12. Celeste and Jesse Forever (August 3) and For a Good Time, Call... (August 31)

Directors: Lee Toland Krieger ("Celeste"); Jamie Travis ("Call...")
Cast: Rashida Jones, Andy Samberg, Chris Messina, Ari Graynor, Will McCormack, Emma Roberts, Elijah Wood ("Celeste");  Ari Graynor, Lauren Anne Miller, Justin Long, James Wolk, Mark Webber ("Call...")
Distributor: Sony Classics ("Celeste") ; Focus Features ("Call...")

Why Are They "Must Sees"? Finally, some genuine fun times. Both alums of this year's Sundance Film Festival (and both starring Ari Graynor), "Celeste and Jesse Forever" and "For a Good Time, Call..." each out unique spins on the tired romantic comedy genre that Hollywood has been beating into the ground lately. Each written by duos of old friends (Rashida Jones and Will McCormack wrote "Celeste," Lauren Anne Miller and Katie Anne Naylon wrote "Call..."), both films offer sincere (and in the case of "For a Good Time," uniquely raunchy) alternatives to Hollywood's offerings.

Check out the trailers below:

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