Those who won’t be at Toronto this week can still enjoy a taste of the film festival experience from home. Today, the New York Times launches its first ever Indie Online Film Festival, a free series of four films curated by the nonprofit Film Independent. The films are available to watch from September 3 to October 2.
The online festival includes two feature length and two short form films from rising independent filmmakers who represent a broad range of styles. Each of these films has played festivals previously but this series marks their debut for a worldwide audience. One of the films is “Towheads” from director Shannon Plumb, wife of “The Place Beyond the Pines” director Derek Cianfrance, who also costars. The four films are:
“Towheads” Dir. Shannon Plumb, USA
The Brooklyn mother of two boys and the wife of a harried theater director, Penelope barely has time to stay sane, much less create art. She finds comic relief from domestic drudgery by inhabiting the world in guises — drag king, pole dancer, Santa Claus — managing to find moments of grace even on thankless days.
“Pincus” Dir. David Fenster, USA
Pincus Finster has stalled out. Moving home to help his father, a man living with Parkinson’s disease, Pincus spends his time assisting with everyday activities and casually taking over the family contracting business, working when he feels up to it. The remaining hours are spent wooing a yoga instructor and conversing with his only friend, an illegal alien who stays in the empty homes they work on.
“Big Man” Dir. Julius Onah, USA/Nigeria
Uzoma loves playing games with his little brother, in spite of his father’s warnings. And sometimes, simple games have serious consequences.
“Record/Play” Dir. Jesse Atlas, USA
War, fate and a broken tape recorder transcend space and time in this sci-fi love story.