Watch an Exclusive Clip of THE ALCHEMIST COOKBOOK

Pay what you want. Are there any sweeter words for constant consumers of media? The pricing strategy has had its ups and downs in the music industry for years but now filmmakers are starting to experiment with the controversial pricing method, too. Indie filmmaker Joel Potrykus and his insane new release "The Alchemist Cookbook" is one such example. When asked why he made the decision to release the film through this distribution model, Potrykus told Indiewire that he wanted to give “the middle finger to the big guys in the industry. . .There needs to be a shift, starting now." We whole heartedly agree, Joel, we whole heartedly agree. "The Alchemist Cookbook" follows the bizarre story of Sean, an outcast that isolates himself - along with his cat - in the middle of nowhere in order to carry out some rather strange experiments. Though “scientific” in nature, things start to get far more sinister as Sean's alchemist trials and tribulations veer more towards some type of voodoo black magic. Enticed? You should be. "The Alchemist Cookbook" is almost, just almost unlike anything I've ever seen before. And perfect for the upcoming Halloween season! Maybe Potrykus' "experimental" release strategy mirrors the off-the-wall plot of his film. He tells Indiewire: “This experiment may fail. Maybe only ten people will download it, and only two of them pay. But I figure if I’m taking creative risks in my storytelling and actively trying to challenge the audience, I may as well take some risks and challenge the traditions in distribution. It’s 2016, after all. Time to get futuristic for once.” You can check out an exclusive clip of "The Alchemist Cookbook" via Indiewire and decide for yourself: what are you willing to pay to watch? As much as Sean was willing to pay to experiment with the world around him?!

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.

Indie Street is not completely supportive of the shockumentary approach where documentarians scare the viewers into changing their ways. Not because we don't agree with many of the messages of these films, but more so because the only ones watching the docs are typically those who more or less agree with the message. This newly released documentary "Plastic Paradise" brought to you by Virgil Films, is a well done piece, but even more importantly it has such a simple cause and action that can be taken by any person in society to help ignite change. Purchase the film on Vimeo on Demand.