DRAMA

Featured Short: Lance Edmands' STRAYS

How can a physical place change or impact things? Change or impact us? When we attempt to escape our problems by physically running away, is anything ever truly solved? This is what is explored in Lance Edmands’ quiet, patient little short film “Strays”. After getting some life changing news, a young woman from Brooklyn attempts to flee her responsibilities and relationship troubles by running away to her late grandmother’s neglected upstate home. Unfortunately, she discovers she’s not the only one seeking refuge in the old house. As strays of both the human and canine variety make an appearance in her life, we, as a curious audience, are left wondering: who is really the stray here? Who is really free?  Edmands’ beautiful, low-key drama instantly draws you in with its 16mm look and feel. If you find yourself fatigued and/or overwhelmed from consuming too much online media, sometimes all you need is to watch a great film (inherently already gorgeous in terms of story and substance) shot on film to fall back in love with the medium. And “Strays” is the perfect one to lull you into a much needed peaceful state of 16mm indie film loving!  

Featured Short: "The Boy with a Camera for a Face"

Writer/Director Spencer Brown's short film "The Boy with a Camera for a Face" is like a satirical moving image poem. With a sing-songy narration voiced by Steven Berkoff, this fairy tale story hits both humorous and sad points while also being emotionally telling of the media-driven society we live in today. The film starts out quite straightforward from its title to its content. We literally follow the highs and lows of the tale of a boy that is born with a camera in place of his head. However, despite the surface deep translation of its title, the film's surprising emotions and ending make this a rare breed of short film that is well worth multiple watches. The deeper message embedded within the entertainment aspect of the film also serves to make us question the role of media, video documentation, and reality TV on our future.With a hint of Jeunet but a style and vibe all its own, this award-winning short meshes words and imagery effortlessly to create a spell-binding fairy tale of a product. A beautiful addition to his success, be sure to check out Brown's other work here.Also, while you're at it, check out more of the most innovative shorts on the web! 

Indie Street Featured Short: Jonah

This is one of Indie Street's favorite shorts from a few years back, and fully deserves to be re-exposed to anyone who missed it when it was released.  

Mbwana and his best friend Juma are two young men with big dreams. These dreams become reality when they photograph a gigantic fish leaping out of the sea and their small town blossoms into a tourist hot-spot as a result. But for Mbwana, the reality isn't what he dreamed – and when he meets the fish again, both of them forgotten, ruined and old, he decides only one of them can survive. Jonah is a big fish story about the old and the new, and the links and the distances between them. A visual feast, shot though with humour and warmth, it tells an old story in a completely new way.  

Get inspired by Indie Street's full selection of free short indie films.

Trailer: Fruitvale Station (Oscar bound??)

As one of our top 10 Indie films of 2013, "Fruitvale Station" is amongst only a handful of true Independents that has a real chance at a best picture nomination. Being as the oscar noms are announced in 9 days, we figured we would do our part with a call to voters. For academy voters that have an ear to the Indie Street, please consider nominating "Fruitvale Station" not only for it's important story, but for the wonderful acting performances (highlighted by Michael B. Jordan).

Tailer: The Rocket

One of our favorite foreign dramas of the year, this gem from Australian director, Kim Mordaunt strikes all the chords.  Astounding performances from two non-actor children from Laos lay the foundation for this beautiful coming of age tale.  

Just released this week on Vimeo, A Song Still Inside is a character driven drama that draws you in while quietly provoking suspense. The film is a gutsy emotional dissection of love submerged in our changing gender roles. It is wonderfully shot and acted...much congrats from IndieStreet to this successful directorial debut film from Gregory Collins. (starring Rodrigo Lopresti, Susan Highsmith, and Jayce Bartok) Purchase the film on Vimeo on Demand by clicking here: