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The Top 11 Indies to Watch on VOD This August

Photo of Nigel M Smith By Nigel M Smith | Indiewire August 1, 2012 at 9:15AM

Indiewire has weeded through the films hitting VOD this hot summer month to bring you a curated list of the 11 most worth your time. You'll find everything from the latest controversial documentary from the Dane behind "The Red Chapel" to a Gallic musical starring some of France's biggest stars, a zombie splatterfest set at a wedding and a road-trip drama headlined by Sherlock Homles himself, Benedict Cumberbatch. Here are the 11 films to watch on VOD this August, in alphabetical order. Click on the film's title for its individual film page.
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"[REC] 3: Genesis" (August 3)

This third entry in the popular "[REC]" found-footage horror series mixes things up by injecting a good dose of humor into the scares and doing away with the handheld aesthetic altogether once the plot gets going. And unlike the first two, "Genesis" takes place at a wedding, and not in the infected apartment complex where the first two entries are set. The plot barely begs a description, but suffice it to say, a couple's happy day is put to the test when guests start exhibiting zombie-like symptoms. You know what happens next.

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

"Sleepwalk With Me" (August 31)

A breakout hit at Sundance, where it nabbed the Best of Next audience award, "Sleepwalk With Me," written, directed and starring comic Mike Birbiglia, is the semi-autobiographical story of a struggling comedian at a crossroads and the growing prominence of his sleeping subconcious. As his family unites for his sister's wedding, Mike's anxieties take on the form of vivid dreams. The growing intensity of Mike's sleeping life carries destructive real-life implications for his relationship with his longterm girlfriend, played by Lauren Ambrose of "Six Feet Under" fame. Supporting Birbiglia and Ambrose are Carol Kane ("Taxi"), James Rebhorn ("Meet the Parents"), Cristin Milioti ("30 Rock"), and a slew of prominent comics.

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

"Street Fight" (August 28)

A year after earning his second Oscar nomination, for his searing documentary "If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front," Marshal Curry's debut (which netted him his first nomination) "Street Fight" finally finds its way to VOD via SnagFilms (Indiewire's parent company). The film chronicles the hard-fought campaign for mayor of Newark, New Jersey, by Corey Booker, a young community activist who attempted to unseat longtime mayor Sharpe James. Despite being seven years old, "Street Fight" remains relevant by exposing many of the issues plaguing minority communities in Newark and the harsh tactics used in politics.

Where to Find: iTunes, Amazon, XBOX, Vudu, Google Play

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