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Cinema Alliance Catalog - Special Indy Filmmaker Section

DVDs by independent filmmakers available through Amazon.com

alma

Alma

Alma

Margie Thorpe is a back sassin', whiskey sippin', country singin' Southern Diva. Her mother Alma is a working class Norma Desmond graced with the regional talent for spinning tall tales out of life's tragedy. Alma's bizarre views on sexuality, motherhood and mail-order sweepstakes make her a living, breathing shrine to Southern Gothic. A rape by an uncle in a cotton field at age seven is described as the seduction of Adam by Eve. Past lovers are romanticized as bank robbers, murderers and...Elvis Presley. This intimate and darkly humorous portrait of the Thorpe family follows Margie's struggle with a mentally ill mother and an abusive, alcoholic father. Framed by accusations of incest, ALMA is an unflinching examination of family secrets and pain tangled up in love.

anthem

Anthem

Anthem

Anthem is a film that explores the fundamental question, "What does the Constitution of The United States say?" Anthem presents a personal vision of the Constitution, and how a single comment, "I'm moving to France," can come to stand for the greater dream of acceptance and self-worth. Filmed on location in College Station and McKinney, Texas as well as Paris and Normandy, France.

as smart as they are

As Smart As They Are

As Smart As They Are

As Smart As They Are follows One Ring Zero, a band whose unique sound combines unusual instruments with unorthodox techniques, and documents their collaboration with McSweeney's Publishing and an ensemble cast of award-winning writers. Featuring live performances, studio sessions, and interviews with the writers and musicians, As Smart As They Are explores the relationships between music and literature while painting a portrait of the literary community that fostered the band.

begleiter

Begleiter

Begleiter

Begleiter is the award-winning short film about Happy, an orphaned dog in search of a new master, who finds a kindred spirit in Marion (Aleisha Russell), a lonely woman still pining for the man who left her three months ago. But Marion and Happy's new bond is quickly broken when Marion's ex-boyfriend (Brian Taraz) returns. The betrayal is too much for Happy and he decides to take matters into his own paws. Will he find fulfillment in his new life?

blood car

Blood Car

Blood Car

A kindergarten teacher invents a car that runs on human blood to combat high gas prices in Blood Car, a horror/comedy from first time director Alex Orr. In the first feature film from Fake Wood Wallpaper Films, narrative conventions and predictable, by-the-book plotlines are left behind in favor of an absurdist look at a future in which no one drives due to $40-a-gallon gasoline prices. Both a satire on our voracious habit for oil as well as a cleverly structured horror film, Blood Car will make you cringe and laugh at the same time.

 

boys of summerville

Boys of Summerville

Boys of Summerville

Peter Davis travels back to his hometown to sell his late father's estate, only to find himself in the midst of Summerville's most eccentric characters and their obsession: Men's softball.

Catching the Fever

Catching the Fever

Catching the Fever

A comedy about Orlando who is unhappy with his relationship with his girlfriend. He's contemplating breaking up with her. However, he's not sure if he wants to get back in the dating scene. While his girlfriend is away on a business trip, his friends persuade him to go out and explore his true feelings by setting him up with dates. After several misadventures, he soon realizes that other women can be crazy to deal with. These events will test his commitment and help him finally figure out what his heart desires.

charlotte a royal at war

Charlotte: A Royal at War

Charlotte: A Royal at War (aka Léif Lëtzebuerger)

The remarkable true story of one woman and her government's pursuit of freedom for their country - against the brutal occupation by Hitler's Third Reich. This feature-length documentary film now available on DVD in this special-edition boxset, is the previously untold account of Charlotte of Luxembourg - a wife; mother of six children and head of state of the tiny duchy of Luxembourg. Charlotte became a Royal propagandist in pearls who inspired a nation through the power of radio, reaching her people in their darkest hour. The film reveals a powerful truth: ordinary people will endure hardship, imprisonment, even death, if they have someone to believe in, to keep their hopes alive. The feature length documentary combines vivid eyewitness testimony with dramatic reconstruction and unique, previously unseen, colour archive. The DVD contains the film in 3 feature-length versions on one disc: English (narrator, Geraldine James) Luxembourgish (Sascha Ley) French (Stephane Bern) Bonus "extras" include exclusive footage of Curtis Roosevelt meeting Grand-Duke Jean at Fischbach Castle - and additional interview clips not featured in the main theatrical release of the film. Charlotte: A Royal at War had its international Royal premiere at BAFTA, London, in Autumn 2008.

creating karma

Creating Karma

Creating Karma

In CREATING KARMA, Karma, uptight fashion editor at Bangles Magazine, becomes a poet after moving in with her eccentric new-age therapist sister and meeting Mr. Wrong, the owner of the local poets' cafe.

BONUS FEATURES: the festival trailer, deleted scenes, pictures of cast and crew during production, a festival review, a first of its kind on-screen MEDITATION BOARD: presented like an advent calendar and based on what you see in the film, use it as a meditation tool as you follow Karma on her journey. Get advice, a recipe, inside info about some of the characters in the film, game instructions, sing-a-long lyrics and more!

CREATING KARMA spent two years on the film festival circuit, originally premiering at the Coney Island Film Festival, and going on to win two best comedy feature awards in film festivals before opening theatrically in Los Angeles on October 16, 2009.

day labor

Day Labor

Day Labor

Juan and Esteban have worked plenty of dirty jobs before, but nothing has prepared them for a day in the office. Can they survive the cubicles and conference rooms of corporate America?

entry level

Entry Level

Entry Level

Studio: Porchlight Ent Inc Release Date: 01/06/2009 Run time: 85 minutes

facing sudan

Facing Sudan

Facing Sudan

A custodian. A housewife. A pediatrician. A grandmother. Seemingly ordinary individuals. Yet these individuals have a story to tell. It is the story of suffering and death. It is the story of refugees. It is the story of terrified villagers running for cover. Yet, at the same time, it is a story of strength, courage and hope. It is the story of Sudan. Over the last 20 years, millions have died in Sudan. A civil war devastated the South and currently a genocide is occurring in the western region of Darfur. Facing Sudan is the story of ordinary individuals, moved into action by the events in Sudan. Ordinary people can do extraordinary things, even in Sudan.

hampshire a ghost story

Hampshire: A Ghost Story

Hampshire: A Ghost Story

Strange occurances at a haunted restaurant build into a night of terror.

hey dillon

Hey Dillon: The Last Great DJ

Hey Dillon: The Last Great DJ

The Untied States Department of Labor defines a person who primarily plays music on the radio as a disc jockey or DJ. Department statistic also indicated that the number of DJ's in the United States declines by about 8% a year. For over thirty-five years Brett Dillon has made "DJ" his chosen profession. Starting at age 15 while being too young to drive a car, his mother had to chauffeur him to and from his air shift, to working for one of the last family owned radio stations in America, Dillon's career has been not just unconventional but boarding on the mystic. Like many DJ's Brett moved up and down the radio dial playing Johnny Cash in Michigan, giving the daily bear and moose reports in Wyoming, losing his job to the dreaded "format change" in Texas, reading the ambulance report sponsored by the local funeral home in Nebraska, or just spinning records, Dillon has done it all. His listeners know him simply as "Dillon." Hundreds of times over his thirty-five year career, or during the all-request lunch hour, he picks up the phone. Echoing over his headphones Dillon hears those two magic words that begin a very special relationship with those devoted to him, and the Americana music he plays, "HEY DILLON."

love

Love The Movie

Love The Movie

A short experimental romantic comedy about the connections between love and filmmaking. Boy meets girl. Filmmaker makes movie about boy and girl. Stuff blows up. Special features: * Stills gallery * Trailers * Storyboard-to-film comparison * Two behind-the-scenes documentaries by Kent Sanderson * Audio and text commentaries featuring Adam Bertocci and Dana Silver * Before-and-after comparisons * Costume design presentation * Scripts * Blooper reel

Marta's Sex Tape

Marta's Sex Tape

Marta's Sex Tape is an Award Winning Pop Art Film about that Certain Something that's Part of our Everyday Life. Writer-Director Anthony Rivero Stabley. Producers: Mariana Kahlo, Marco Niro & Mario De Mendoza. Starring Pilar Padilla, Sol Gallardo.

midlothia

Midlothia

Mithlothia

After a long night of wandering, Fred wakes up in the middle of nowhere. Stumbling home, he finds his friends are none too happy that he missed his own going away party.But something mysterious happened the night before. Fred is ready to tackle his demons and stay in town---to face the mistakes of his life and make them right. Little does he know that his announced departure has created a maelstrom of unrest amongst his friends.In the wake of this extraordinary day, four life-long friends say the words they've never had the courage to say, and learn truths about themselves and each other that will change the nature of their relationships forever.

military intelligence and you

Military Intelligence and You

Military Intelligence and You

In a hilarious spoof of WWII training films, Lt. Monica Tasty (Elizabeth Bennett) and Maj. Nick Reed (Patrick Muldoon) defend all things American--the escalator, TV dinners, popcorn, and the Panama Canal--by demonstrating the important role military intelligence plays in "distinguishing dangerous enemies from merely annoying foreigners."
Special Feature(s) include: U.S. Army Air Force's First Motion Picture Unit Documentary.

never say macbeth

Never Say Macbeth

Never Say Macbeth

Studio: Vanguard Cinema Release Date: 08/26/2008

nice bombs

Nice Bombs

Nice Bombs

In Nice Bombs, filmmaker Usama Alshaibi returns to Baghdad to reunite with his family after nearly 24 years. This documentary navigates through his unique relationship to an Iraq that is much different than the country of his childhood.Usama captures the conflicting reactions to the conditions of life in Baghdad. Through a wide range of opinions and experiences he provides a broad panorama of voices long neglected under Saddam's regime.With humor and resilience Nice Bombs explores Usama's dual role as both Iraqi and American.

 

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