From acclaimed auteur Joe Swanberg (Hannah Takes the Stairs), LOL is a raw, witty, and painfully intimate look at modern sexuality and the technology that either helps us click or turns us off. Filmed with documentary-like realism and featuring a brilliantly eclectic soundtrack, LOL's defiantly un-Hollywood approach pulls no punches in its up-to-the-second relevance and honesty.
|Quiet City + Dance Party, USA
Praised for his contemplative lyricism and character-driven authenticity, writer-director Aaron Katz now stands at the vanguard of American cinema's new wave of forward-thinking independents. This 2-DVD set includes Katz's deceptively simple, achingly beautiful Brooklyn-set drama Quiet City (nominated for a 2008 Spirit Award), plus his impressionistic debut, Dance Party, USA—hailed as "one of the best films of the year" (The New York Sun).
|The Guatemalan Handshake
One of Filmmaker Magazine's 25 New Faces of Independent Film, writer-director Todd Rohal charts strange new cinematic waters with his madly innovative feature debut, The Guatemalan Handshake. Rohal's vivacious feast for the senses "bristles with his anarchic visual language, offbeat humor, ephemeral sense of narrative, circuitous character sketches, and freewheeling sense of mirth" (Baltimore City Paper).
|The Free Will (Der Freie Wille)
Winner of a Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, Matthias Glasner's daring and intense drama contemplates the terror of loneliness and whether love can be a salvation to damaged psyches. Earning Best Actor awards at both Tribeca and Chicago, Jürgen Vogel stars as a convicted sexual predator whose reintegration into society becomes an unbearable ordeal. Can hope exist in his budding relationship with Nettie (Sabine Timoteo) as they embark on a journey to the limits of free will?
From Memphis to Chicago to somewhere in Arkansas, Kentucker Audley's homegrown debut Team Picture is a deadpan comic odyssey about that moment before adulthood when you don't need an excuse to quit your job, only the next five minutes matter, and sometimes you fall for the wrong girls... shucks! The Boston Phoenix calls it "a lazy, Memphis afternoon of a movie... Team Picture creates a world and the lives in it and wisely leaves them all hanging."