This month on VOD: A timely fantasy starring indie darling Juno Temple; a family drama starring "The Sessions"' John Hawkes; an Alex Karpovsky double feature; the directorial debut from Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl; the latest from odd-ball writer-director-musician Quentin Dupieux ("Rubber"); a horror film that takes aim at the one percent; and much more. Below are the 10 indies to watch on VOD this February in alphabetical order.
"Beware of Mr. Baker" (February 26)
Jay Bulger suffered a broken nose at the hand of the subject of his first feature-length documentary, "Beware of Mr. Baker," but the injury was clearly worth it. His arresting expose on Ginger Baker, the legendary (and legendarily volatile) English drummer, best known for his work with Cream and Blind Faith, won the grand jury documentary prize at this year's SXSW film festival. The film chronicles the madman's rise to rock'n'roll fame and his descent into near obscurity in South Africa, where he currently resides -- and where Bulger spent more than three months living with the legend.
Where to Find: Itunes, Vudu, Google Play, Xbox, Indemand, Cox and Time Warner.
"The Brass Teapot" (Feburary 28)
"The Brass Teapot" is a darkly quixotic film starring Juno Temple and Michael Angarano as a young, financially-strapped couple who discover a way to earn cash fast without taking on an extra part-time gig at Starbucks. Compelled on a whim to steal a brass teapot from a roadside antique shop, Alice (Temple) finds that the magical teapot is the key to escaping their unglamorous lifestyle. With every physical pain inflicted to either she or John (Angarano), the brass teapot grants them a flurry of bills. As the injuries ensue, Alice and John discover the greater the pain, the greater the reward. Newcomer Ramaa Mosely, with several short-films and a score of music videos and TV ads under her belt, directs the film adaptation of a short story by Tim Macy.
Where to Find: iTunes, Amazon, Charter, Comcast, Google Play, DirecTV, Playstation, SuddenLink, Time Warner, Verizon FIOS, Vudu and XBOX.
"Brooklyn Castle" (February 5)
This irresistibly uplifting doc sheds light on a school where the cool kids are the chess team. Calling to mind the spelling bee doc "Spellbound," "Brooklyn Castle" follows the challenges five members of a chess team at an inner junior high school kids face in their personal lives as well as on the chessboard. Katie Dellamaggiore's crowpleaser is as much about the sting of their losses as it is about the anticipation of their victories. These are kids that you will not soon forget.
Where to Find: Comcast, Time Warner, Cox, iTunes, Amazon, Xbox, Vudu and Google Play.