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by Nigel M Smith
June 1, 2012 10:00 AM
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The Top 10 Indies to Watch On VOD This June

"Chely Wright: Wish Me Away" (June 1)

Over a three-year period, award-winning filmmakers Bobbie Birleffi and Beverly Kopf followed country music star Chely Wright as she honed her plan to publicly come out as gay. The result of their time spent together is the moving and intimate documentary "Chely Wright: Wish Me Away," which provides an in-depth portrait of the artist who shattered cultural and religious stereotypes within her home city of Nashville. In addition to tracking Wright's tough journey, the film also chronicles the aftermath of her decision in her hometown and within the LGBT community.

"Collaborator" (June 20)

Actor Martin Donovan ("The Opposite of Sex") steps behind the screen for the first time as writer and director with "Collaborator," an insightful debut that centers on Robert (Donovan), a down-on-his-luck Broadway playwright who retreats back to his childhood home after his new play bombs. There he crosses paths with his old neighbor, Gus ("Dancer in the Dark" star David Morse), a right-wing, ex-con who still lives at home with his mother. Suffice to say, their reunion doesn't go so smoothly when liquor gets the best of Gus.

"Cook County"
(June 12)

"Breaking Bad" fans seeking a feature film alternative should look no further than this tough drama that centers on a group of East Texas meth addicts. The crux of David Pomes' screenplay (he also directs) deals with an abused and alienated teen boy who makes it his mission to reconnect with his long-lost father. Before doing that, however, the two will have to overcome their addictions to the drug.



  • Marc | June 12, 2012 4:42 PMReply

    Can't find Cook County.Can someone give me the site on which it's on?

  • Jazz | June 8, 2012 6:02 AMReply

    This movie has a very good social message everyone should see atleast one time.
    Sweating Armpits

  • Jessica | June 8, 2012 6:00 AMReply

    Rebecca is looking very beautiful in Bag of hammers.

  • jingmei | June 3, 2012 2:25 AMReply

    Cool list thanks. Monica Belluci just made viewers horny in Un Ete Brulant though she's quite old. Under the struggling emotional surface in this film, Philippe Garrel actually always gets potential political subject matter, et he juste can direct his son Louis Garrel do anything in his films. Collaborator is a worthy film, Martin Donovan should deserve making more awesome stuff, though he's been envolved bunch of horror flicks recent years.

  • zag | June 1, 2012 9:03 PMReply

    Bad spell check on the column. No CHERYL Wright in country music!

  • Nigel Smith | June 2, 2012 9:53 AM

    Apologies! It's been fixed.

  • Bruce Spencer | June 1, 2012 6:54 PMReply

    Conspicuous by its absence is the hilarious comedy documentary, "Abel Raises Cain," by the first time filmmakers, Jennifer and Jeff Hockett. It won First Grand Prize at Slamdance in 2005 and again at the 2009 Fargo Film Fesival. Subsequently, after winning top awards in Canada, England, Denmark, Germany and France, this movie has demonstrated long legs by continually playing worldwide and receiving additional critical acclaim and thousands of adoring emails from fans. (

  • willis reed | June 1, 2012 3:01 PMReply

    Nice list. Hope doc makes it next year!