2016 EIFF Must See: "Hunt for the Wilderpeople" Trailer

Since I’m having intense withdrawals from my amazing time at the 2016 Edinburgh International Film Festival, it helps to think back on highlights from my jam-packed, film-crazy two weeks in my favorite city in the world. I saw both gems and duds but the one film that definitely stuck out to me as an upcoming must-watch was the New Zealand comedy “Hunt for the Wilderpeople”. Writer/director Taika Waititi’s hilarious yet charming film follows the story of the unwanted, troublemaker orphan Ricky, played brilliantly by young actor, Julian Dennison. When Ricky gets one last opportunity to prove himself by staying with a family situated deep within the New Zealand countryside, it’s not long before his defiance and bad luck streak strikes again. What follows is a misfit adventure through the wilderness that sees Ricky and his “uncle” (Sam Neill) spark a national man-hunt of epic proportions while learning a lot about each other along the way. Watch the trailer for the must see film now!

Trailer: Blumenthal

This under the radar comedy from Seth Fisher strikes the poignant chords of enlightenment through dysfunction, and was one of our favorite Independent comedies of 2013.  While IndieStreet typically cringes at new directors acting as leads in their films, Seth Fisher certainly is an exception and has a bright future in storytelling.

Must See Flick: “A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night ”

Spirit Award Nominated for "Best First Feature," Ana Lily Amirpour's A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night has a lot of strange things going for it. Set in the Iranian ghost town, home to prostitutes, junkies, pimps and other sordid souls, is a place that reeks of death and hopelessness, where a lonely vampire is stalking the town's most unsavory inhabitants. But when boy meets girl, an unusual love story begins to blossom...blood red. Cue this up for an unusual date night.

Spirit Award Nominated, Must See Flick: “Birdman”

Birdman, recently picking up a Spirit Awards nom for best picture, is a complex tale of a dried-up actor hoping to reinvent himself amidst bouts with psychosomatic escapades. A killer drum score and spot-on supporting performances by a veteran cast, round out Alejandro González Iñárritu's latest film, making us think Birdman could be the film to beat during the award show circuit.

A must watch Sundance flick by director Damien Chazelle tells the story of Andrew Neyman, an ambitious young jazz drummer, single-minded in his pursuit to rise to the top of his elite east coast music conservatory. Whiplash isn't the straight-up, feel-good, inspirational jazz film that the adverts might have you believe - it's a jolting thriller and bruising character drama, built around a core of pure white heat. It's not just the performances that make Whiplash - it excels technically too, rat-a-tat-tatting along on a snappy current of snare fills and cymbal crashes. Writer/director Damien Chazelle builds jazz music and drumming into the language of the film, and even in its most heart-palpitatingly intense moments your toes remain tapping to the vibrant musical compositions that the film centres around. At once precise and controlled, but also bursting with energy, the riveting climax will have you struggling to remain in your seat and leave you both a nervous wreck and an awestruck punter. Read More

A must see film for ALL travelers: "Gringo Trails"

The more humans that travel our Earth, the more important it is to comprehend the impact of those travels. Humans all are searching for something when we travel; being honest about what exactly we want from our expeditions is almost as important about informing ourselves about the places we visit. Gringo Trails offers us multiple points of view on the important effects of global tourism in a very personal manner. This film from our new friends Pegi Vail and Melvin Estrella, combines elegant cinematography with poignant storytelling to reveal a story that the audience has the power to help write (and right) in the future. To request an educational screening or purchase the film, go to Icarus Films. Visit the Gringo Trails website and Gringo Trails Facebook Page.

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: