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The Top 10 Indies to Watch on VOD This February

Indiewire By Indiewire | Indiewire February 4, 2013 at 10:43AM

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. 
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SnagFilms "Beware Of Mr. Baker"

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.

READ MORE: 'Beware of Mr. Baker' Director Jay Bulger Spouts Off About Morphine, Dead Ostriches & "Charles Dickens' Asshole"

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.

"The Playroom" (February 5)

John Hawkes continues his run of decidedly less intimidating roles that he started with "The Sessions" in Julia Dyer's sensitive familial indie which premiered at Tribeca last April. The title refers to the place where a group of 1970s siblings led by teenager Maggie (newcomer Olivia Harris) gather to tell stories by candlelight while downstairs their unhappily married parents (Hawkes and Molly Parker) get drunk with a couple of friends. What follows is a night of bitter confrontations and arguments between the adults, seen from the perspective of the kids upstairs.

Where to Find: Comcast, Time Warner, Cox, iTunes, Amazon, Xbox, Vudu and Google Play.


 

"Red Flag" (February 19)

The increasingly visible Alex Karpovsky (best known for his roles in Lena Dunham's "Tiny Furniture" and "Girls," but also seen in last month's "Supporting Characters" and the upcoming Coen brothers film "Inside Llewyn Davis") has been a budding auteur since his freshman film "The Hole Story" dropped in 2005. If you're a fan of the funnyman then this is your lucky year, and more specifically month, as two of Karpovsky's features are slated to hit VOD in February after riding out the festival circuit. "Red Flag" is heavily indebted to both Michael Winterbottom's "The Trip" and Larry David's "Curb Your Enthusiasm;" following Karpovsky (as himself) on awkward comedic misadventures as he travels around the country with his 2008 feature "Woodpecker," struggling through Q&A's and hotel stays as he reels from a recent breakup. Eric Kohn called it an "eloquent portrait of narcissism" after it aired at LAFF last summer, and it earned many accolades for Karpovsky's charmingly loopy distinctive voice.

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


 

"Rubberneck" (Febrary 19)

Start planning your Alex Karpovsky double feature party now, as this month also sees the VOD release of "Rubberneck," which premiered at Tribeca last year. Here Karpovsky and co-writer Garth Donovan go for something a bit more sinister than "Red Flag" and the actor/director's more well known comedic roles. A taut, uneasy thriller about workplace obsession taken to the extreme, Karpovsky stars as a Boston research scientist who has a brief, unlikely fling with a co-worker (Jaime Ray Newman) and can't handle her subsequent dismissal of him for another man. It's a dark character study with undertones of "Psycho," but the general consensus among critics seems to be that Karpovsky handles the unlikely dramatic elements realistically and competently

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

"Sound City" (February 1)

Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl makes a stellar filmmaking debut with "Sound City," a documentary that recently premiered to great notices at Sundance. The film tracks Grohl's journey to resurrect Sound City, a legendary recording studio that opened in 1969 in the San Fernando Valley, only to close with the advent of the digital age. Together with some of his musically-inclined friends who used to frequent the studio (Steve Nicks, Neil Young, Tom Petty, Trent Reznor, Rick Springfield and Paul McCartney), Grohl sets out to create a one-of-a-kind album on the historic soundboard.

First-Time Director Dave Grohl Admits: 'I haven't the slightest idea how this sh*t works'

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


 

"Would You Rather" (February 8)

A truly twisted take on the eponymous party game, "Would You Rather" stars Brittany Snow as Iris, a young woman who'll do anything to save her terminally ill younger brother. She can't refuse when an aristocrat 'philanthropist' invites her to his dinner party to compete in a sadistic game of money, desperation, and torture. Suffice to say, the stakes are deadly.

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


 

"Wrong" (Feburary 1)

With total disregard for Hollywood convention, odd-ball writer-director-musician Quentin Dupieux ("Rubber") brings another eccentric vision to the screen with "Wrong," a story about one man's journey to find his missing dog. Mind-bending and absurd in all the right ways, Jack Plotnick and the fantastic William Fichtner star in this illogical love letter to pets everywhere.

Were to Find: iTunes, Amazon, Charter, Comcast, Google Play, DirecTV, Playstation, SuddenLink, Time Warner, Verizon FIOS, Vudu and XBOX.


 

"Versaille '73: American Runway Revolution" (February 12)

When a group of top African American models boarded a plane to Paris in 1973, they had no idea they would pull off fashion’s biggest coup. Pitting the crème de la crème of French couture fashion -- Givenchy, Dior, Ungaro, Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Cardin against upstart American designers Halston, Oscar de la Renta, Anne Klein, Stephen Burrows and Bill Blass, the 1973 Grand Divertissement at Versailles was not only the first time French and American designers battled on the runway, but smashed the glass ceiling irrevocably for ethnic models in high fashion across the globe. This entertaining doc is the closest you'll come to reliving the legendary fashion standoff.

Where to Find: iTunes, Amazon, YouTube, Playstation, Vudu, and XBOX.


This article is related to: New On VOD, Versailles '73: American Runway Revolution, Wrong, Brooklyn Castle, Would You Rather, Rubberneck, Red Flag, Beware of Mr. Baker, The Brass Teapot, Sound City, The Playroom





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