Four Indie Films You Don’t Want to Miss

September 24, 2012

Sleepwalk With Me. Photo credit: IFC Films

They’re not the films that play in every theater. Sometimes they won’t play in your town at all. But they’re films with stories that come from the heart. The kind of stories that filmmakers are so anxious to tell that they often dig into to their own wallets to make them a reality. The kind of films where the camera starts rolling even if there is no guarantee the end product will make up for the production costs. They’re independent films, and they feature some of the most original stories and characters coming to your screen today.

And lucky for you, we have a whole bunch of them available. Take a look at our latest indie film collection to see what’s new.

Sleepwalk With Me
What happens when the life you’ve been living isn’t going anywhere? After dating his girlfriend for eight years, Matt has no interest in getting married and his career as a comedian has also stalled in its tracks. That’s when the sleepwalking starts. As his life becomes more uncertain, Matt’s dreams become more vivid and his sleepwalking gets out of hand. Written by comedian Mike Birbiglia and This American Life’s Ira Glass. Starring Mike Birbiglia, Lauren Ambrose (Six Feet Under), James Rebhorn (Meet the Parents), and Carol Kane (Taxi). With appearances from comedians Kristen Schaal, Marc Maron, Wyatt Cenac, Jessi Klein, David Wain, and Henry Phillips.

Butter
A young girl (Yara Shahidi) discovers she has a talent for creating objects out of butter. But when she enters a local butter art contest, she finds out she’s not the only one with talent. A local woman (Jennifer Garner), jaded by her husband’s recent adultery, is also hungry for first prize. Also featuring the talents of Jason Micallef, Ty Burrell, Rob Corddry, Ashley Greene, Alicia Silverstone, Olivia Wilde, and Hugh Jackman.

Shut Up and Play the Hits
In 2011 LCD Soundsystem announced that they would no longer be together and would play a final show at Madison Square Garden on April 2, 2011. Following the lead singer in the band, James Murphy, filmmakers Will Lovelace and Dylan Southern capture the magic of this final performance as well as the life of Murphy before and after the show.

Craigslist Joe
31 days. No money. No connections. Filmmaker Joseph Garner travels across the United States in this new documentary—with nothing. He’ll have to rely entirely on the kindness of strangers—but only strangers he meets on Craigslist. In the midst of the worst economic crisis since the depression, is America still the community-oriented place it used to be? The place where people banded together when the going got tough? Joe will find out.