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Small Screens: Indiewire’s Picks for VOD and DVD/Blu-ray This Week

Small Screens: Indiewire's Picks for VOD and DVD/Blu-ray This Week

This week on Small Screens Alex Gibney and Alison Ellwood take us on a “Magic Trip,” celebs dish on New York City’s legendary Florent diner and much more.

VOD Picks of the Week
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“Magic Trip”
The Deal: Alex Gibney and Alison Ellwood’s “Magic Trip” is a freewheeling portrait of Ken Kesey and the Merry Prankster’s fabled road trip across America in the legendary Magic Bus. In 1964, Ken Kesey, the famed author of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” set off on a legendary, LSD-fuelled cross-country road trip to the New York World’s Fair. He was joined by “The Merry Band of Pranksters,” a renegade group of counterculture truth-seekers, including Neal Cassady, the American icon immortalized in Kerouac’s “On the Road,” and the driver and painter of the psychedelic Magic Bus. Kesey and the Pranksters intended to make a documentary about their trip, shooting footage on 16MM, but the film was never finished and the footage has remained virtually unseen. With “Magic Trip” Gibney and Ellwood were given unprecedented access to this raw footage by the Kesey family.
Where to Find: Magnolia Pictures On Demand as of July 1.

“Lebanon, PA”
The Deal: Will (Josh Hopkins), a charming 35-year-old Philadelphia ad man, heads to Lebanon, Pa. to bury his recently deceased father. He forms an unexpected friendship with CJ (Rachel Kitson), his bright, newly pregnant 17-year-old cousin. As Will becomes interested in CJ’s married teacher (Samantha Mathis) and CJ confronts her conflicted father, both struggle with formidable decisions about the path their lives will take.
Where to Find: Through your local cable provides and on iTunes.

“Vanishing of the Bees”
The Deal: Honeybees have been mysteriously disappearing across the planet, literally vanishing from their hives. Known as Colony Collapse Disorder, this phenomenon has brought beekeepers to crisis in an industry responsible for producing apples, broccoli, watermelon, onions, cherries and a hundred other fruits and vegetables. Commercial honeybee operations pollinate crops that make up one out of every three bites of food on our tables. “Vanishing of the Bees” follows commercial beekeepers David Hackenberg and Dave Mendes as they strive to keep their bees healthy and fulfill pollination contracts across the U.S.
Where to Find: Film Buff On Demand.

“Florent Queen of the Meat Market”
The Deal: Synopsis: Let Julianne Moore, Isaac Mizrahi, Michael Musto and other famous (and infamous) faces take you on a fantastic voyage to New York City’s legendary Florent diner. For 23 years, the all-night eatery in the city’s Meat Packing District was prime stomping ground for a surprising mix of A-list celebrities, tourists, families and club kids, and it played an important role in LGBT activism and culture. This wildly entertaining documentary chronicles the history and final days of this outrageous icon!
Where to Find: Film Buff On Demand.

DVD/Blu-ray of the Week
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“3 Backyards”
The Deal: From writer-director Eric Mendelsohn, the only two-time winner of the directing prize at Sundance, comes “3 Backyards,” the story of three residents of the same town over the course of one seemingly perfect autumn day. The film looks past familiar suburban exteriors and instead peers deeply into the private lives of its characters as they embark on tiny, personal journeys that eventually carry them vast distances from everything that is familiar.

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