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The Top 10 Indies to Watch On VOD This June

The Top 10 Indies to Watch On VOD This June

Indiewire has weeded through the films hitting VOD this month to bring you 10 to look out for. Variety was key in selection, so you’ll find a hot and steamy European romance, a documentary on folks who claim to experience no sexual attraction, Jane Fonda’s latest vehicle, an offbeat sci-fi comedy and much more. Here are the ten films to watch on VOD this June in alphabetical order.

“A Burning Hot Summer” (June 29)

To get your summer off to a heated start, check out this French scorcher starring two of Europe’s best-looking performers, Monica Belluci (“Irreversible”) and Louis Garrel (“The Dreamers”), in a romance that’s easy on the eyes. Directed by prolific filmmaker Philippe Garrel (“La frontiere de l’aube”), “A Burning Hot Summer” concerns a Paris-based artsy couple who venture off to Rome with two new friends, only to see their emotions shift with the change of scenery.

“(A)Sexual” (June 5)

A hit on the festival circuit, Angela Tucker’s documentary “(A)Sexual” sheds a revealing light on the asexual community, one that claims to experience no sexual attraction. Tucker centers her film on David Jay, founder and webmaster of the Asexual Visibility and Education Network, who proves to be an equally fascinating and divisive figure. No matter what your stance is on the subject, you’ll be surprised by the stories Tucker weaves together in her entertaining and informative expose.

“A Bag of Hammers” (June 19)

A hit at the 2011 SXSW Film Festival, “A Bag of Hammers” from first-time director Brian Crano stars Jason Ritter (“The Event”) and Jake Sandvid (“Easy A”) as Ben and Lan, two slacker scam artists who befriend a neglected young boy next door. Things get hairy for duo when Alan’s well meaning sister (“The Town” star Rebecca Hall) interferes by calling child services to check on the boy.

“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.

(June 15)

“Timecrimes” director Nacho Vigalondo (what a name) is back with “Extraterrestrial,” another loopy comedy with a sci-fi bent. The film opens with an industrial design student waking up in the apartment of his one-night stand Julia, only to discover an alien spaceship hovering high above their city. Don’t let that set up fool you. Vigalondo isn’t making his answer to “Independence Day.” Think of this as “No Exit” for the sci-fi set.


“Jamie and Jessie Are Not Together” (June 1)

Love can sometimes suck, can’t it? “Jamie and Jessie Are Not Together,” an appealing lesbian romantic comedy tells a familiar story of two folks who are destined to be together, but let drama get in the way. When Jamie (Jacqui Jackson) tells her best friend Jessica (Jessica London-Shields) that she’s moving from Chicago to New York to become an actress, Jessica gets upset because she harbors a secret crush on her buddy. As the moving day nears, Jessica acts out by dating a slew of other women, forcing Jamie to see her friend in a whole new light.

“Peace, Love and Misunderstanding” (June 15)

When not shutting it down on red carpets in Cannes with her age-defying figure, the legendary Jane Fonda still occasionally acts. Her latest (her first film since 2007’s “Georgia Rule”) finds the actress is comedy mode playing a free-spirited hippie mother to a high-strung Catherine Keener in a fun romp from two-time Academy Award nominee Bruce Beresford. Elizabeth Olsen (“Silent House”), Chace Crawford (“Gossipt Girl”) and Kyle MacLachlan (“Blue Velvet”) round out the stellar cast.

“Walk Away Renee”
(June 27)

It’s been eight years since Jonathan Caouette’s fascinating auto-biographical documentary “Tarnation,” and now, finally, comes the long overdue follow-up to his award-winning sensation. In “Walk Away Renee,” the filmmaker embarks on a road trip to move his mentally ill mother Renee (who you’ll remember from “Tarnation”) across the country. As they come up against roadblocks in the present, Caoutte flashes back to the past, offering up insight into their fractured mother/son relationship.

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