New Year’s Eve. A time of hope, promises, change and better times. We leave behind the anxieties, vices and troubles of the previous year and welcome the flipping of the calendar with bated breath and the excitement of reinvention. With your resolutions in order, your friends and family by your side and the countdown on, what could possibly go wrong?! Well, in the holiday ensemble comedy “Auld Lang Syne”, we see that the celebration of a New Year with your best pals does not always go according to plan. As the famous Scottish tune/poem of the same title asks us as we surround ourselves with friends both old and new on this promising night: should old acquaintance be forgot? Indie Street might finally have the answer to this age-old question! We are proud to finally announce the November 15th VOD release of Indie Street Film Festival Audience Award Winner “Auld Lang Syne”. Director Johanna McKeon and cast have created a refreshing take on the concept of “New Year, New You”, and with an ensemble featuring all types of artists (including a playwright, actress, musician, theater producer, and photographer), this is an indie film that truly represents what it means to be passionate about your craft, no matter the odds or what others think. A New Year pops up every 12 months. Sometimes friends and lovers come and go from your life. Change is inevitable. But one thing is certain: “Auld Lang Syne” is a heart-warming and hilarious independent creation that is a must-see if you love art, indie film, and the hijinks that only holidays like New Year’s Eve can bring about! So, mark your calendars folks because Indie Street will be the place to be on November 15th! In the meantime, if you’re in the LA area, you can catch the West Coast Premiere of the film next week (head here for ticket info) OR watch the trailer below!! You can now catch the film on Indie Street here!
Last month, we told you about the upcoming release of a curated movie streaming platform brought to you by an exciting new collaboration between Criterion Collection and Turner Classic Movies. Well, today the FilmStruck platform finally went live, offering eager film lovers the chance to sign up for a 14 day free trial! If you're a fan of indie, classic, foreign, cult, arthouse or rare genre cinema, you don't want to miss this offer! While Indie Street offers some of the best in recent indie releases, FilmStruck is the place to be for all the obscure classic movies you want to revisit or finally get a chance to see. Read more about FilmStruck and get ready to experience the game-changing movie platform by overdosing on all things cinematic!
October 19th will be quite the lucky day for all you classic and contemporary arthouse film lovers! On that day, Criterion Collection and Turner Classic Movies will be launching FilmStruck, their collaborative new movie streaming service. FilmStruck will feature two programmed sections of content. No.1: material provided by Turner Classic Movies. No.2: “The Criterion Channel”, featuring a large quantity of both new and old quality films that will be curated from Criterion’s library. From arthouse, indie, classic, foreign, cult and every obscure and unique genre in-between, this is going to be a game changer for all people who enjoy a good movie! Called “a streaming service built by people who love movies for people who love movies”, make sure to mark your calendars as October 19th its certain to be a very special day! Until then, you can check out more info on the collaboration between the two movie giants ahead of the launch.
“Sailing a Sinking Sea” falls into quite a different subgenre of documentary. In fact, it seems to inhabit a special category all its own. A feature length experimental observation of the Moken people of Burma and Thailand and their seafaring way of life, filmmaker Olivia Wyatt’s vision is more of a dreamy wave of colors and glowing ripples on screen than your typical doc. Shown through a highly saturated, yet still ethnic lens, if you are looking for a run of the mill, observational doc full of talking heads and spoon fed information, you will not find it within this mystical offering about a unique, evaporating culture.The film observes the Moken people, a dwindling group of free flowing water gypsies that navigate through their ancient beliefs and traditions regarding the sea. One of the smallest ethnic minority groups still in existence in Asia, this is a group so inherently bound to the waves, that almost every one of them survived the massive tsunami over a decade ago - all in thanks to shaman premonitions and their intimate relationship with their watery surroundings. While we may feel as if we are completely soaked into this culture through their words and Wyatt’s special brand of bubbling packaging, something about the mix of people and world creates a barrier we can never personally get pass: these are people we feel we get to know but never fully understand. With less than 3,000 of them still in existence, this film seems the greatest, most important way to start to get acquainted: by going deep below the surface in comprehending their wisdom and spirtual connections to nature.If you seek a cathartic journey into a different culture, one that completely transports you into another place and time, “Sailing a Sinking Sea” is available to rent now via Vimeo on Demand. At only 65 minutes, it’s well worth the short watch. Personally, I think this is a film best enjoyed at night, with heavy eyes, allowing the screen to create a dreamlike portal that drifts you away. Interested in what’s next for the filmmaker? Wyatt's upcoming project, entitled "Jasmine on Jupiter", will be an episodic multimedia series that involves sailing around the world in order to capture the beauty being lost to climate change along coastal communities. Sign us up for that expedition! For more information on “Sailing a Sinking Sea” and filmmaker Olivia Wyatt, check out the links below: Sailing a Sinking Sea website: http://sailingasinkingsea.com/ Olivia's website: http://oliviaowenswyatt.com/ Documentary Educational Resources: http://www.der.org/films/sailing-a-sinking-sea.html Drag City (Vinyl LP + DVD): http://www.dragcity.com/artists/bitchin-bajas-olivia-wyatt
Yesterday, we shared with you the list of every Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or Winner from over the past 4 decades. Piggybacking off of that, we now share with you, via IndieWire, a list of where to watch (almost) every winner. Unfortunately, not all of the amazing prizewinners are available for immediate online streaming, but from DVDs to Youtube, the list is still pretty comprehensive. If you've yet to experience what these films have to offer, this is a great place to start. Check out the full breakdown by platform here.
Penned (and re-penned) by Clara Mamet, this off-beat coming-of-age flick encompasses all the tragedies of teen-hood: suspension from school, family woes, the loss of a friend, a broken heart and lack of inspiration. The film raised funds on Indiegogo to help create this dysfunctional ecclectic-family comedy (in the same vein of Wes Anderson's The Royal Tenenbaums). This will make for perfect holiday viewing: Rent it on Vimeo On Demand.