Wednesday, October 9, 2013

7 more indie films and where to see them

I did it before and now I'm gonna do it again: in an ongoing attempt to be more proactive about independent films that I like, here's another set of films that I've positively reviewed in the past and where you can see and/or buy them.

'Away'
Away. Seen at the Queens World Film Festival, this is a documentary about women surfboarders in the Rockaways. It's on Vimeo. Plus, here's an interview with director Elisa Bates, along with a link to her website.

Brooklyn Boheme. Seen at the Urbanworld Film Festival, it's another doc, about the black artistic community in the Fort Greene/Clinton Hill section of Brooklyn, directed by Diane Paragas and journalist Nelson George. There's a website for the film which includes a link to download it from iTunes. The film's website also includes a trailer.

'Brooklyn Boheme' co-director
Nelson George
If These Knishes Could Talk: The Story of the New York Accent. Also seen at QWFF, it's exactly what it says on the tin. You can watch it on IMDB, plus the film has a website where you can pick up the DVD through director Heather Quinlan. The site includes a trailer. Here's an article written by Quinlan about her film.

Marley. Kevin Macdonald's doc didn't get as much hype as I thought it would, but it's worth seeing. The official Bob Marley website has links to buy from several sources, plus a trailer.

My Brooklyn. The looming specter of gentrification in downtown Brooklyn, from the perspective of a self-identified gentrifier, is the subject of this doc. The film has a website with a link to purchase the DVD. There's also a trailer. Here's an interview with director Kelly Anderson about the film and gentrification in general.

'Pollicino'
Pollicino. Seen at QWFF, this is a silent short from Italy about a day in the life of a middle-aged man with Alzheimer's disease. It's on YouTube. The Facebook page for the film indicates that the film is still playing film fests, which is good. There doesn't appear to be a website for director Cristiano Anania.

Soul Food Junkies. Seen at UFF, it's one more doc, this one about the long history of "soul food" in black culture and how it has come under fire in recent years for its questionable health benefits. You can rent or download it at Amazon. Here's an interview with director Byron Hurt about the film, and here is one woman's response to the film.

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