Upcoming independent film releases on VOD, digital and streaming from Friday 16 April 2021

April 16
Groundswell” (directed by Johnny Gogan)
Distributor: Tull Stories
Where to Find It: Various VOD platforms
How an Irish border community took on an energy company – and its own government – to force a change in the law on oil and gas…

Henrie Glassie: Fieldwork” (directed by Pat Collins)
Distributor: New Wave
Where to Find It: Various VOD platforms

Over the last 50 years, the celebrated American folklorist Henry Glassie has been writing in-depth studies of communities and their art. Inspired by the writings and ideas of Glassie –‘Field Work’ is an immersive and meditative documentary set among the rituals and rhythms of working artists across Brazil, Turkey, North Carolina, and Ireland. The process of making something out of raw materials is luminously manifested in sequences that reflect in their measured and attentive approach the actual real-time process of making, of the work of hands, and of the close attention the artist is bringing to the work.

Promising Young Woman” (directed by Emerald Fennell)
Distributor: Sky Cinema
Where to Find It: Various VOD platforms
A young woman, traumatized by a tragic event in her past, seeks out vengeance against those who crossed her path.

Steelers” (directed by Eammon Ashton-Atkinson)
Distributor: Amazon Prime Video
Where to Find It: Various VOD platforms

Told through the eyes of an Australian news reporter, Eammon Ashton-Atkinson, who moved to the UK to escape depression, the documentary, follows 3 characters on their journey to overcome their struggles as the club competes against 60 other gay clubs in the Bingham Cup in Amsterdam – the World Cup of gay rugby.

The Reckoning” (directed by Neil Marshall)
Distributor: Vertigo
Where to Find It: Various VOD platforms

Evelyn, a young widow haunted by the recent suicide of her husband Joseph, is falsely accused of being a witch by her Landlord after she rejects his advances.

True Mothers” (directed by Christopher Menaul)
Distributor: Curzon
Where to Find It: Various VOD platforms
Based on the true story of Louisa Gould, the drama is set during World War II on the Nazi-occupied island of Jersey. Lou took in an escaped Russian POW and hid him over the war’s course.

The Year the Earth Changed” (directed by Tom Beard)
Distributor: Apple TV+
Where to Find It: Various VOD platforms
This documentary special highlights the way nature has started to recover during the lockdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

April 17
Ghosts” (directed by Azra Deniz Okyay)
Distributor: MUBI
Where to Find It: Various VOD platforms
In Istanbul, a day on the verge of a country-wide power surge unfolds with four characters – a mother whose son is in prison, a young woman committed to dancing, a female activist-artist, and a cunning middle man – all in a neighborhood undergoing a process of gentrification for the “New Turkey”.

April 19
“Auggie” (directed by Matt Kane)
Distributor: Sparky
Where to Find It: Various VOD platforms

Forced into early retirement, Felix Greystone falls in love with an augmented reality companion, to the detriment of his relationship with his wife and daughter.

“I Blame Society” (directed by Gillian Wallace Horvat)
Distributor: Blue Finch
Where to Find It: Various VOD platforms

A struggling filmmaker realizes that the skillset to make a movie is the same to commit the perfect murder.

April 20
“Red Moon Tide” (directed by Lois Patiño)
Distributor: MUBI
Where to Find It: Various VOD platforms

Time seems to stand still in a village in the Galician coast. Everybody there is paralyzed although we can still hear their voices: they talk about ghosts, about witches, about monsters. Three women arrive in the village to find Rubio, a sailor that has recently disappeared in the sea.

April 22
“Stowaway” (directed by Joe Penna)
Distributor: Netflix
Where to Find It: Various VOD platforms

A three-person crew on a mission to Mars faces an impossible choice when an unplanned passenger jeopardizes the lives of everyone on board.

April 23
Black Bear” (directed by Lawrence Michael Levine)
Distributor: Vertigo
Where to Find It: Various VOD platforms

At a remote lake house, a filmmaker plays a calculated game of desire and jealousy in the pursuit of a work of art that blurs the boundaries between autobiography and invention.

“Homeward” (directed by Michael Johnson)
Distributor: New Wave
Where to Find It: Various VOD platforms

A boastful elf and his prank-happy orc brother must learn to work together to stop a fiendish orc gang from retrieving a magical stone that will give them the power to take over the world.

Sisters with Transistors” (directed by Lisa Rovner)
Distributor: Modern
Where to Find It: Various VOD platforms

Follows the story of electronic music’s female pioneers, composers who embraced machines and their liberating technologies to utterly transform how we produce and listen to music today.

Spring Blossom” (directed by Suzanne Lindon)
Distributor: Curzon
Where to Find It: Various VOD platforms

A 16 year old girl, bored with her own age group, becomes involved with an older man at a theater she passes.

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