It’s now August, which means summer is slowly coming to a close. If you’re looking for something to do, or a film to watch for that matter, I listed five indie films that premiere this month on VOD. There’s a few interesting titles that are being released on VOD this month. Lynn Shelton‘s follow-up to Your Sister’s Sister titled Touchy Feely is already available to rent. The film stars Rosemarie DeWitt, Ellen Page, Scoot McNairy, and Josh Pais. Paul Schrader‘s much talked about film The Canyons premieres on August 2nd. The film features Lindsay Lohan so you know that the film should be Oscar-worthy, no?
Anyways, David Gordon Green‘s return to dramatic territory Prince Avalanche is a must see if you’re a fan of the director’s work or if you find Paul Rudd‘s likability off the charts. The steamy relationship drama A Teacher was praised back in May when it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. It’ll be worth a watch just for the reportedly tour-de-force performance by Lindsay Burdge. The upcoming thriller A Single Shot starring Sam Rockwell premieres on August 20th and you should watch it because well, it stars Sam Rockwell. Do I need to explain more? Read more about each film below.
1. Touchy Feely (directed by Lynn Shelton)
Rosemarie DeWitt, who worked with Lynn Shelton on 2012’s Your Sister’s Sister, stars as Abby, a free-spirited massage therapist who suddenly develops an uncontrollable aversion to bodily contact. This sudden aversion makes her occupation impossible and hinders the love life with her boyfriend (Scoot McNairy). Ellen Page also appears in the film as Jenny, the emotionally stunted daughter of Abby’s struggling brother Paul (Josh Pais). If this film is anything like Your Sister’s Sister, we’re in for a treat.
Release Date: August 1st
2. The Canyons (directed by Paul Schrader)
Paul Schrader’s low budget crowd-sourced feature The Canyons stars adult film star James Deen and prolific actress Lindsay Lohan. Deen is Christian, an aspiring producer who sets out to make an independent horror film starring an actor named Ryan (Nolan Gerard Funk). Tensions begin to rise as Christian discovers that his girlfriend Tara (Lohan) is having an affair with Ryan. This unsettling discovery leads to psychological torment and violence. It’s easy to understand why some may avoid this film at all costs. The film’s production was reportedly a nightmare and the appearance of prolific actress and tabloid star Lindsay Lohan certainly doesn’t help build anticipation. Regardless, it’ll be interesting to discover just how much of a mess it is.
Release Date: August 2nd
3. Prince Avalanche (directed by David Gordon Green)
David Gordon Green’s latest film titled Prince Avalanche, a remake of the Icelandic comedy Either Way, stars Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch as two highway road workers in the 1980’s who have misadventures as they spend their summer away from the lives they left behind. Although he is mainly known for directing adolescent comedies such as Pineapple Express, The Sitter, and Your Highness, David Gordon Green is at his best with his more dramatic efforts such as All The Real Girls and Snow Angels. As the trailer suggests however, it looks like David Gordon Green has returned to his low-key dramatic roots but with a little bit of a more quirky and deadpan sensibility.
Release Date: August 9th
4. A Teacher (directed by Hannah Fidell)
Writer and director Hannah Fidell’s drama A Teacher premiered earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival. The film received a bit of buzz when it premiered in Sundance’s NEXT section, most notably for Lindsay Burdge’s breakout performance as a young, attractive teacher at a suburban Texas high school who’s having a secret affair with a student (Will Brittain). The danger of discovery begins to affect their relationship and leads her down a path of self-destruction. David Rooney from The Hollywood Reporter wrote, “A Teacher will no doubt be too dour for some, but others will find it hard to look away from this head-on exploration of a woman escaping the demands of adult life by surrendering to inappropriate passion.”
Release Date: August 20th
5. A Single Shot (directed by David M. Rosenthal)
David M. Rosenthal’s thriller, an adaptation of Matthew F. Jones’ novel, tells the story of a hunter named John Moon (Sam Rockwell) who makes a fatal mistake of shooting a woman carrying a large amount of cash. He takes the money but soon finds relentless killers on his trail. The film features a cast that includes William H. Macy, Melissa Leo, Ted Levine, Jason Isaacs, and Jeffery Wright. The film promises to be a gritty thriller featuring a strong performance by the devastatingly underrated Sam Rockwell.
Release Date: August 20th
What will you be watching this month?