Top Independent movies on DVD and Blu-ray

Rent The Darjeeling Limited on DVD The Darjeeling Limited
Synopsis
In the wake of their father's death, three brothers (Adrien Brody, Owen Wilson and Jason Schwartzman) embark on a steam-engine journey across India aboard the Darjeeling Limited and attempt to reconnect after years of physical and emotional distance. The trip also opens up old wounds and proves that the base instincts of sibling rivalry can never be completely erased. Natalie Portman and Anjelica Huston co-star in this Wes Anderson dramedy.
Cast
Cast
Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, Jason Schwartzman, Anjelica Huston, Natalie Portman, Roman Coppola, Camilla Rutherford, Amara Karan
Director
Director
Wes Anderson
Genres
Genres
Independent, Indie Dramas, Indie Comedies
Rent Grace Is Gone on DVD Grace Is Gone
Synopsis
Ex-military man Stanley attempts to find the courage to break devastating news to his two daughters: Their mother has died in Iraq. As he works through his complex feelings about his wife's death and the war, Stanley delays the inevitable.
Cast
Cast
John Cusack, Alessandro Nivola, Mary Kay Place, Zach Gray, Shélan O'Keefe, Gracie Bednarczyk, Doug Dearth
Director
Director
James C. Strouse
Genres
Genres
Independent, Indie Dramas
Rent The Good Girl on DVD The Good Girl
Synopsis
Feeling trapped in her marriage, "good girl" Justine begins an affair with Holden, a younger co-worker who's obsessed with The Catcher in the Rye. But it doesn't take long for Holden's passion to bloom into a poisonous obsession.
Cast
Cast
Jennifer Aniston, Jake Gyllenhaal, John C. Reilly, Tim Blake Nelson, Zooey Deschanel, Mike White, Deborah Rush, John Carroll Lynch
Director
Director
Miguel Arteta
Genres
Genres
Independent, Indie Comedies, Indie Dramas, Romantic Comedies, Romantic Dramas, Dark Humor & Black Comedies, Indie Romance
Rent American Splendor on DVD American Splendor
Synopsis
Paul Giamatti stars as Harvey Pekar, a working-class file clerk who found an outlet for his creativity by chronicling the minutia of his life in Cleveland, Ohio, in a comic book series called American Splendor.
Cast
Cast
Paul Giamatti, Hope Davis, Harvey Pekar, Shari Springer Berman, Earl Billings, James Urbaniak, Judah Friedlander, Robert Pulcini, Toby Radloff, Joyce Brabner, Donal Logue, Molly Shannon, James McCaffrey, Josh Hutcherson
Director
Director
Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini
Genres
Genres
Independent, Indie Comedies, Biographies, Indie Dramas
Rent Real Women Have Curves on DVD Real Women Have Curves
Synopsis
America Ferrera shines in a star-making performance as Ana, a Mexican-American teenager who's struggling to break free from her mother's old-world expectations, in this coming-of-age drama set in East Los Angeles. Ana wants to attend college so she can better herself, but she's needed in her sister's sewing sweatshop, where women labor to make dresses that are then sold for many times what the shop is paid to make them.
Cast
Cast
America Ferrera, Lupe Ontiveros, George Lopez, Sandie Torres, Ingrid Oliu, Soledad St. Hilaire, Brian Sites
Director
Director
Patricia Cardoso
Genres
Genres
Independent, Latino Dramas, Latino Comedies, Indie Comedies, Indie Dramas
Rent 11:14 on DVD 11:14
Synopsis
Even though they're strangers, Buzzy, Mark, Cheri, Jack and Eddie will become part of each other's lives -- even if it kills them -- in this innovative drama composed of five seemingly random story lines that intersect at precisely 11:14 p.m.
Cast
Cast
Rachael Leigh Cook, Barbara Hershey, Patrick Swayze, Hilary Swank, Henry Thomas, Blake Heron, Clark Gregg, Shawn Hatosy, Stark Sands, Colin Hanks, Ben Foster, Rick Gomez, Jason Segel
Director
Director
Greg Marcks
Genres
Genres
Independent, Indie Dramas
Rent Lovely & Amazing on DVD Lovely & Amazing
Synopsis
Michelle struggles in a loveless marriage while her mother and sisters field vain insecurities in this indie dramedy. Elizabeth questions the narcissistic realm of acting, while Annie and Jane take drastic measures with their looks.
Cast
Cast
Catherine Keener, Brenda Blethyn, Emily Mortimer, Raven Goodwin, Aunjanue Ellis, Clark Gregg, Jake Gyllenhaal, James Le Gros, Michael Nouri, Dermot Mulroney
Director
Director
Nicole Holofcener
Genres
Genres
Independent, Indie Comedies, Indie Dramas
Rent Down by Law on DVD Down by Law
Synopsis
When fate lands three hapless men -- an unemployed disc jockey, a small-time pimp and a strong-willed Italian tourist -- in a New Orleans prison, their mutual confinement launches a grand adventure toward escape and freedom.
Cast
Cast
Tom Waits, John Lurie, Roberto Benigni, Ellen Barkin, Nicoletta Braschi, Rockets Redglare, Vernel Bagneris, Billie Neal, Timothea, L.C. Drane, Joy N. Houck Jr.
Director
Director
Jim Jarmusch
Genres
Genres
Independent, Indie Comedies, Indie Dramas, Dark Humor & Black Comedies
Rent Dogville on DVD Dogville
Synopsis
When a mysterious woman claims she's being chased by hoodlums and needs a place to hide out, the residents of Dogville come to her rescue. But she must prove herself worthy of the privilege -- and win the trust of everyone in town.
Cast
Cast
Nicole Kidman, Harriet Andersson, Lauren Bacall, Jean-Marc Barr, Paul Bettany, Blair Brown, James Caan, Patricia Clarkson, Jeremy Davies, Ben Gazzara, Philip Baker Hall, Thom Hoffman, Siobhan Fallon, John Hurt, Zeljko Ivanek, John Randolph Jones, Stellan Skarsgård, Chloë Sevigny
Director
Director
Lars von Trier
Genres
Genres
Independent, Indie Dramas, Experimental
Rent Coffee and Cigarettes on DVD Coffee and Cigarettes
Synopsis
Jim Jarmusch's ensemble comedy collects a series of strange encounters Jarmusch has been capturing in short films since the mid-1980s, presenting them as a series of vignettes that all revolve around discussions held over coffee and cigarettes.
Cast
Cast
Bill Murray, Tom Waits, Roberto Benigni, Steven Wright, Joie Lee, Cinque Lee, Steve Buscemi, Iggy Pop, Joseph Rigano, Vinny Vella, Renee French, Alex Descas, Isaach De Bankolé, Cate Blanchett, Jack White, Meg White, Alfred Molina, Steve Coogan, GZA, RZA
Director
Director
Jim Jarmusch
Genres
Genres
Independent, Indie Comedies, Indie Dramas
Rent Clerks: Tenth Anniversary Edition on DVD Clerks: Tenth Anniversary Edition
Synopsis
Featuring a new commentary track, this original rough cut of writer-director Kevin Smith's classic debut indie film shows a day in the life of Dante (Brian O'Halloran) and Randal (Jeff Anderson), two store clerks who are sharp-witted, potty-mouthed … and bored out of their minds. So in between needling customers -- and each other -- the counter jockeys play hockey on the roof, visit a funeral home and deal with their love lives.
Cast
Cast
Brian O'Halloran, Jeff Anderson, Marilyn Ghigliotti, Lisa Spoonauer, Jason Mewes
Director
Director
Kevin Smith
Genres
Genres
Independent, Cult Comedies, Indie Comedies
Rent Starting Out in the Evening on DVD Starting Out in the Evening
Synopsis
With aims to revive the faded career of aging author Leonard Schiller (Frank Langella), enterprising graduate student Heather Wolfe (Lauren Ambrose) makes his novels the topic of her master's thesis and raises his hopes for a literary comeback. All the while, Leonard's middle-aged daughter (Lili Taylor) remains dubious -- both of Heather's motivations and her own prospects for long-term happiness.
Cast
Cast
Frank Langella, Lauren Ambrose, Lili Taylor, Joel West, Jessica Hecht, Adrian Lester, Sean T. Krishnan
Director
Director
Andrew Wagner
Genres
Genres
Independent, Indie Dramas, Dramas Based on Contemporary Literature, Dramas Based on the Book
Rent Conversations with Other Women on DVD Conversations with Other Women
Synopsis
Sparks fly at a wedding reception when a man and woman with an ambiguous connection are reunited in this stylish romantic drama. They quickly rekindle a smoldering flame, but will passion give way to regret after the champagne wears off?
Cast
Cast
Helena Bonham Carter, Aaron Eckhart, Nora Zehetner, Olivia Wilde, Thomas Lennon, Cerina Vincent, Brian Geraghty, Brianna Brown
Director
Director
Hans Canosa
Genres
Genres
Independent, Indie Dramas, Indie Romance
Rent The Chumscrubber on DVD The Chumscrubber
Synopsis
Director Arie Posin transforms his short story into a frightfully honest portrait of suburban dysfunction in this film about Dean (Jamie Bell), a young boy who finds his friend hanging from the rafters during a neighborhood party. Figuring that no one else would care, he doesn't report his discovery to the adults, and instead embarks on a journey of harrowing isolation and loneliness. Glenn Close, Rita Wilson and Carrie-Anne Moss costar.
Cast
Cast
Jamie Bell, Glenn Close, Rita Wilson, Carrie-Anne Moss, William Fichtner, Ralph Fiennes, John Heard, Lauren Holly, Jason Isaacs, Allison Janney
Director
Director
Arie Posin
Genres
Genres
Independent, Indie Dramas, Dark Humor & Black Comedies, Indie Comedies
Rent Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story on DVD Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story
Synopsis
This postmodern mockumentary chronicles a valiant yet hapless attempt to make a film adaptation of the autobiographical <i>The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentlemen</i>, a complex 18th-century tale by English writer Laurence Sterne. Alternating scenes from the novel with escapades from the movie set, director Michael Winterbottom craftily blends fiction and reality, past and present, serving up a deliciously twisted ode to filmmaking.
Cast
Cast
Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon, Keeley Hawes, Shirley Henderson, Dylan Moran, David Walliams, Naomie Harris, Kelly Macdonald, Gillian Anderson, Stephen Fry, Jeremy Northam, Ashley Jensen
Director
Director
Michael Winterbottom
Genres
Genres
Independent, Indie Comedies, Mockumentaries, Showbiz Comedies
Rent The Secret Lives of Dentists on DVD The Secret Lives of Dentists
Synopsis
When an emotionally repressed dentist thinks he sees his wife cheating on him with another man, his jealousy flares up -- in the form of a dyspeptic alter ego personified by an unsatisfied patient.
Cast
Cast
Campbell Scott, Hope Davis, Denis Leary, Robin Tunney, Gianna Beleno, Cassidy Hinkle, Lydia Jordan, Jon Patrick Walker, Kevin Carroll, Kate Clinton, Adele D'Man, Peter Samuel
Director
Director
Alan Rudolph
Genres
Genres
Independent, Indie Dramas, Dramas Based on the Book, Dramas Based on Contemporary Literature
Rent The Real Cancun on DVD The Real Cancun
Synopsis
<b></b>The folks behind MTV's "The Real World" head to Mexico for spring break in this feature film twist on their successful reality show formula. This time the cameras are turned on a group of 16 college-aged strangers let loose in Cancun for a week. Expect plenty of drinking, carousing, romantic entanglements and all of the other things that keep us coming back to "reality" shows in the first place!
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Rick de Oliveira
Genres
Genres
Independent, TV Reality Programming
Rent Maurice on DVD Maurice
Synopsis
Set in pre-war England, this Merchant-Ivory drama (based on the controversial E.M. Forster novel written in 1914 but not published until 1971) is about the coming of age of two young college men (Hugh Grant and James Wilby) who meet at Cambridge University and fall in love. The movie casts a critical light on the era's moral hypocrisy, as Maurice and Clive struggle to make room for their forbidden love in an intolerant society.
Cast
Cast
James Wilby, Hugh Grant, Rupert Graves, Denholm Elliott, Simon Callow, Billie Whitelaw, Barry Foster, Judy Parfitt, Phoebe Nicholls, Patrick Godfrey, Mark Tandy, Ben Kingsley, Kitty Aldridge
Director
Director
James Ivory
Genres
Genres
LGBT, LGBT Dramas, Romantic LGBT, Period Pieces, Romantic Dramas, United Kingdom, Dramas Based on the Book, Independent, Foreign Regions, Dramas Based on Classic Literature, 20th Century Period Pieces
Rent Koyaanisqatsi: Life Out of Balance on DVD Koyaanisqatsi: Life Out of Balance
Synopsis
Koyaanisqatsi, which marks Godfrey Reggio's debut as a film director and producer, is the first installment of the Qatsi trilogy. The title is a Hopi Indian word meaning "life out of balance." Created between 1975 and 1982, the film is an apocalyptic vision of the collision of two different worlds -- urban life and technology versus the environment. Philip Glass composed the film's musical score.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Godfrey Reggio
Genres
Genres
Independent, Experimental
Rent The Grey Zone on DVD The Grey Zone
Synopsis
Based on actual events, this is the staggeringly powerful story of Auschwitz's 12th Sonderkommando -- one of 13 "special squads" of Jewish prisoners forced by the Nazis to help exterminate fellow Jews in exchange for a few more months of life. Written and directed by Tim Blake Nelson, the film features a first-rate ensemble cast, including Steve Buscemi, Harvey Keitel, David Arquette and Mira Sorvino.
Cast
Cast
David Arquette, Steve Buscemi, Harvey Keitel, Allan Corduner, Mira Sorvino, Natasha Lyonne, Daniel Benzali, David Chandler, Lisa Benavides, Henry Stram, Velizar Binev, Oncho Alexanyan, Victor Kaley
Director
Director
Tim Blake Nelson
Genres
Genres
Drama, Independent, Indie Dramas, Judaica, Period Pieces, 20th Century Period Pieces
Rent Stranger than Paradise on DVD Stranger than Paradise
Synopsis
Willie (John Lurie) isn't exactly thrilled when Eva (Eszter Balint), his cousin from Hungary, comes to stay with him in New York. But she eventually earns his begrudging respect, and months later, Willie and a friend (Richard Edson) convince Eva to accompany them on a trip to Miami. Shot in black and white, this well-received independent film won awards from the National Society of Film Critics and the Cannes Film Festival.
Cast
Cast
Richard Edson, John Lurie, Eszter Balint, Harvey Perr, Brian J. Burchill, Sara Driver, Cecillia Stark, Danny Rosen, Rammellzee, Richard Boes, Tom DiCillo
Director
Director
Jim Jarmusch
Genres
Genres
Independent, Dark Humor & Black Comedies, Indie Comedies, Indie Dramas
Rent Night on Earth on DVD Night on Earth
Synopsis
On a single night in five major cities around the world, a variety of characters step into five different taxicabs, where they live out personal drama, existential crises and health emergencies -- to the delight and dismay of the world-weary drivers. Giancarlo Esposito, Roberto Benigni, Winona Ryder, Gena Rowlands, Armin Mueller-Stahl, B&#233;atrice Dalle and Rosie Perez star as cabbies and fares in writer-director Jim Jarmusch's comic drama.
Cast
Cast
Gena Rowlands, Winona Ryder, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Giancarlo Esposito, Rosie Pérez, Lisanne Falk, Richard Boes, Isaach De Bankolé, Béatrice Dalle, Roberto Benigni
Director
Director
Jim Jarmusch
Genres
Genres
Independent, Indie Comedies, Indie Dramas, Dark Humor & Black Comedies
Rent L.I.E. on DVD L.I.E.
Synopsis
In this biting and disturbing coming-of-age tale from writer-director Michael Cuesta, life is bittersweet along the L.I.E., also known as the Long Island Expressway, as suburban teen Howie Blitzer (Paul Franklin Dano) learns all too clearly. In the space of a week, he loses nearly everything and everyone he knows and is left to navigate his adolescence virtually unsupervised. Brian Cox co-stars as an older man who befriends the troubled youth.
Cast
Cast
Brian Cox, Paul Dano, Billy Kay, Bruce Altman, James Costa, Marcia DeBonis
Director
Director
Michael Cuesta
Genres
Genres
Independent, Indie Dramas, Crime Dramas
Rent The Education of Charlie Banks on DVD The Education of Charlie Banks
Synopsis
Years after Charlie (Jesse Eisenberg) fingers Mick (Jason Ritter) for a brutal assault, Mick shows up at Charlie's university and insinuates himself into college life, auditing classes, sleeping with Charlie's dream girl and pondering how his life might have been different. All the while, Charlie anxiously wonders whether Mick knows he ratted him out. Chris Marquette co-stars in Limp Bizkit front man Fred Durst's directorial debut.
Cast
Cast
Jesse Eisenberg, Eva Amurri Martino , Sam Daly, Alex Guarino, Jason Ritter, Charles Parnell, Chris Marquette, Gabby Sherba, Sebastian Stan
Director
Director
Fred Durst
Genres
Genres
Independent, Indie Suspense & Thriller, Indie Dramas
Rent Dreamland on DVD Dreamland
Synopsis
Director Jason Matzner's atmospheric drama follows the fortunes of three tattered souls living in a New Mexico mobile-home community. Just out of high school, 18-year-old Audrey (Agnes Bruckner) holds down a job while also caring for her alcoholic father (John Corbett) and infirm friend (Kelli Garner). But everything changes with the arrival of handsome new neighbor Mookie (Justin Long), forcing the altruistic Audrey to make some tough choices.
Cast
Cast
Agnes Bruckner, Kelli Garner, Justin Long, John Corbett, Gina Gershon, Brian Klugman, Chris Mulkey, Luce Rains
Director
Director
Jason Matzner
Genres
Genres
Independent, Indie Dramas, Romantic Dramas
Rent Bubble on DVD Bubble
Synopsis
Set in a crumbling Ohio town that revolves around the local doll factory, Steven Soderbergh's offbeat film follows the antics of townsfolk turned detectives who try to unravel a murder mystery -- and end up discovering a bizarre love triangle. In sharp contrast to his high-budget Ocean's Eleven remake, Soderbergh uses low-cost digital camerawork and employs no-name actors in this quirky small-town drama.
Cast
Cast
Dustin James Ashley, Debbie Doebereiner, Katherine Beaumier, Misty Dawn Wilkins, Joyce Brookhart, K. Smith, Ross Clegg, Daniel R. Christian, Decker Moody, Omar Cowan, Leonora K. Hornbeck
Director
Director
Steven Soderbergh
Genres
Genres
Independent, Indie Dramas, Mystery
Rent Interview on DVD Interview
Synopsis
When hard-nosed journalist Pierre Peders is forced by his editor to interview seemingly vapid soap opera star Katya, the pair initially clash. But soon enough, they discover that there's more to their personalities than meets the eye.
Cast
Cast
Steve Buscemi, Sienna Miller, Tara Elders, David Schechter, Molly Griffith, Jackson Loo, Philippe Vonlanthen, Wayne Wilcox, Yan Xi
Director
Director
Steve Buscemi
Genres
Genres
Independent, Indie Dramas, Showbiz Dramas
Rent The Puffy Chair on DVD The Puffy Chair
Synopsis
When Josh (Mark Duplass, whose brother Jay directs) finds the perfect birthday present for his father, he decides to deliver it in person. But with his high-maintenance girlfriend (Kathryn Aselton) and granola brother (Rhett Wilkins) along for the ride, Josh's road trip turns into a bigger journey than anyone anticipated. This indie romantic dramedy was an audience favorite at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival.
Cast
Cast
Mark Duplass, Katie Aselton, Julie Fischer, Rhett Wilkins
Director
Director
Jay Duplass
Genres
Genres
Independent, Indie Comedies, Indie Dramas, Indie Romance
Rent The Dying Gaul on DVD The Dying Gaul
Synopsis
When Jeffrey (Campbell Scott), a slick Hollywood studio exec, offers gay screenwriter Robert (Peter Sarsgaard) $1 million to transform a screenplay's homosexual protagonists into heterosexuals, Robert takes the bait -- and ends up sleeping in Jeffrey's bed. But complications ensue when Jeffrey's wife, Elaine (Patricia Clarkson), begins unraveling her husband's secrets, with nail-biting consequences. Craig Lucas directs in his feature-film debut.
Cast
Cast
Patricia Clarkson, Campbell Scott, Peter Sarsgaard, Ryan Miller, Faith Jefferies, Robin Bartlett, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Kelli O'Hara, Dee Dee Flores, Elizabeth Marvel
Director
Director
Craig Lucas
Genres
Genres
Independent, Indie Dramas, LGBT Dramas, Indie LGBT, Bisexual
Rent Factotum on DVD Factotum
Synopsis
Based on Charles Bukowski's semi-autobiographical novel of the same name, this edgy drama centers on rootless jack-of-all-trades Henry Chinaski (Matt Dillon), a rebel writer with absolutely no desire to live a conventional life. Working blue-collar jobs in Minneapolis, Chinaski gets by just fine as long as he can indulge in his four primary loves: women, drinking, gambling and writing. Lili Taylor, Marisa Tomei and Fisher Stevens co-star.
Cast
Cast
Matt Dillon, Lili Taylor, Fisher Stevens, Marisa Tomei, Didier Flamand, Adrienne Shelly, Karen Young, Tony Lyons, Matthew Feeney, Jim Brockhohn
Director
Director
Bent Hamer
Genres
Genres
Independent, Dramas Based on the Book, Dark Humor & Black Comedies, Indie Comedies, Biographies, Dramas Based on Contemporary Literature
Rent 200 Cigarettes on DVD 200 Cigarettes
Synopsis
Set on the last day of 1981, 200 Cigarettes is a manic romantic comedy that follows a group of loquacious, chain-smoking twentysomethings seeking love and happiness as they converge for a blowout party in New York City's East Village. A cab driver (Dave Chappelle) provides the link between the disparate groups who seek to overcome personal drama to avoid being alone when the clock strikes midnight.
Cast
Cast
Courtney Love, Jay Mohr, Paul Rudd, Ben Affleck, Christina Ricci, Janeane Garofalo, Casey Affleck, Dave Chappelle, Kate Hudson, Gaby Hoffmann, Angela Featherstone, Martha Plimpton, Guillermo Díaz
Director
Director
Risa Bramon Garcia
Genres
Genres
Independent, Romantic Comedies, Indie Dramas, Period Pieces, 20th Century Period Pieces
Rent Do You Believe? on DVD Do You Believe?
Synopsis
For reasons they are not yet able to comprehend, a dozen strangers cross paths, converging on the importance of Christ -- all triggered by one pastor's life-changing encounter with a street-corner preacher.
Cast
Cast
Mira Sorvino, Sean Astin, Alexa PenaVega, Ted McGinley, Logan White, Cybill Shepherd, Delroy Lindo, Madison Pettis, Brian Bosworth, Liam Matthews, Lee Majors
Director
Director
Jon Gunn
Genres
Genres
Faith & Spirituality, Faith & Spirituality Feature Films, Independent
Rent Fay Grim on DVD Fay Grim
Synopsis
When it's discovered that her deceased ex-husband's journals contain information that could threaten national security, Fay Grim is forced to travel to Paris and retrieve them before they fall into the wrong hands.
Cast
Cast
Parker Posey, Jeff Goldblum, Saffron Burrows, D.J. Mendel, Liam Aiken, Jasmin Tabatabai, Chuck Montgomery, James Urbaniak, John Keogh, Claudia Michelsen
Director
Director
Hal Hartley
Genres
Genres
Independent, Indie Comedies, Indie Dramas, Indie Action
Rent 2 Girls in Love on DVD 2 Girls in Love
Synopsis
While working part-time at her aunt's gas station, defiant tomboy Randy Dean falls in love with Evie Roy, a rich, straight honor student who's already in a relationship. The two girls navigate the magical and confusing world of young love.
Cast
Cast
Laurel Holloman, Nicole Ari Parker, Dale Dickey, Stephanie Berry, Maggie Moore, Kate Stafford, Sabrina Artel, Toby Poser, Nelson Rodriguez
Director
Director
Maria Maggenti
Genres
Genres
LGBT, Independent, LGBT Comedies, Indie Comedies, Romantic LGBT, Indie Romance, Lesbian, Indie LGBT
Rent Cherish on DVD Cherish
Synopsis
Zoe (Robin Tunney) is a shy San Francisco computer animator who, while heading home after a few drinks one night, is forced into her car by a stalker, who steers her into a police officer. The stalker flees, and Zoe's left with a dead cop, a high blood-alcohol level and a story no one believes. Can she prove her innocence and evade the man who's still watching her?
Cast
Cast
Robin Tunney, Tim Blake Nelson, Brad Hunt, Liz Phair, Jason Priestley, Nora Dunn, Lindsay Crouse, Kelvin Han Yee, Tim Griffin, Stephen Polk
Director
Director
Finn Taylor
Genres
Genres
Independent, Indie Suspense & Thriller, Dark Humor & Black Comedies, Indie Comedies, Indie Dramas
Rent Slacker on DVD Slacker
Synopsis
Told through a series of unrelated vignettes, Richard Linklater's 1991 cult classic serves up surreal slices of what it's like to be a young underachiever in the college town of Austin, Texas.
Cast
Cast
Richard Linklater, Kathy McCarthy, Rudy Basquez, Jean Caffeine, Jan Hockey, Stephen Hockey, Mark James, Sam Dietert
Director
Director
Richard Linklater
Genres
Genres
Independent, Indie Comedies, Indie Classics, Cult Comedies
Rent Dirty Laundry on DVD Dirty Laundry
Synopsis
Talented, gay and African-American, Patrick (Rockmond Dunbar) is a rising journalist at a New York City magazine who suddenly must confront his Southern roots and a mother not yet comfortable with her son's choices and sexual identity. Patrick and his partner's perfectly cosmopolitan world is shattered when an unexpected knock at their door brings to the forefront the issue of lifestyle acceptance within the down-home community of his youth.
Cast
Cast
Rockmond Dunbar, Jenifer Lewis, Veronica Webb, Loretta Devine, Alec Mapa, Sommore, Gregory Alan Williams, Joey Costello
Director
Director
Maurice Jamal
Genres
Genres
Independent, Indie Comedies, Indie Dramas, LGBT, LGBT Comedies, Gay
Rent Powaqqatsi on DVD Powaqqatsi
Synopsis
This second installment in director Godfrey Reggio's Qatsi trilogy is a celebration of the human-scale endeavor -- the craftsmanship, spiritual worship, labor and creativity -- that defines a particular culture.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Godfrey Reggio
Genres
Genres
Independent, Experimental
Rent Regarding Billy on DVD Regarding Billy
Synopsis
Writer-Director Jeff London's tender and poignant gay drama centers on Billy (Ronnie Kerr), who moves back to his hometown to become his mentally challenged brother's (Jack Sway ) guardian when their parents are killed. When his childhood buddy, the irreparably injured Dean (Jason Van Eman), is shipped back home after serving in Iraq, Billy finds his secret feelings for him resurfacing, setting off a series of unexpected events.
Cast
Cast
Ronnie Kerr, Jack Sway, Jason Van Eman
Director
Director
Jeff London
Genres
Genres
LGBT, LGBT Dramas, Romantic LGBT, Indie LGBT, Gay, Independent
Rent Naqoyqatsi on DVD Naqoyqatsi
Synopsis
Completing the trilogy begun with Koyaanisqatsi ("life out of balance") and then Powaqqatsi ("life in transformation"), Naqoyqatsi chronicles the most significant occurrence of the last 5,000 years -- the transition from a natural environment to a "new" nature, a technological reality. The Hopi term <i>naqoy</i> means <i>war</i>, <i>qatsi</i> means <i>life</i> -- but this is not the war of the battlefield, it is the war of ordinary daily living.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Godfrey Reggio
Genres
Genres
Independent, Experimental
Rent Henry Fool on DVD Henry Fool
Synopsis
After would-be writer and ex-con Henry Fool inspires lowly trash man Simon Grim to pen prizewinning poetry, he becomes a media phenomenon. But as Simon's success continues to grow, Henry finds his literary fortunes falling in this allegorical satire.
Cast
Cast
Thomas Jay Ryan, James Urbaniak, Parker Posey, Maria Porter, Liam Aiken, Gene Ruffini, James Saito, Kevin Corrigan, Nicholas Hope, Miho Nikaido
Director
Director
Hal Hartley
Genres
Genres
Independent, Indie Comedies, Indie Dramas
Rent True Stories on DVD True Stories
Synopsis
Talking Heads front man David Byrne co-wrote, composed, directed and stars in this quirky musical journey into the odder side of small-town America. The residents of Virgil, Texas, are a motley crew -- from the woman who's too lazy to get out of bed (Swoosie Kurtz) to the shy man who must advertise for a wife (John Goodman). Byrne serves as our tall-hatted tour guide through the town's sesquicentennial "Celebration of Specialness."
Cast
Cast
David Byrne, John Goodman, Swoosie Kurtz, Spalding Gray, Tito Larriva, Annie McEnroe, Pops Staples
Director
Director
David Byrne
Genres
Genres
Independent, Indie Comedies, Cult Comedies
Rent The Vicious Kind on DVD The Vicious Kind
Synopsis
There's nothing like first love to bring family tensions to a boil in this dark comedy, nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards. Adam Scott stars as Caleb Sinclaire, whose emotions go haywire when his brother (Alex Frost) brings home new girlfriend Emma (Brittany Snow). As the dysfunctional family is propelled into chaos, Caleb and Emma confront their mutual distrust and attempt to resist a growing sexual attraction.
Cast
Cast
Adam Scott, Brittany Snow, Alex Frost, J.K. Simmons, Vittorio Brahm, Bill Buell, Alysia Reiner, Kate Krieger, Jordan Berkow
Director
Director
Lee Toland Krieger
Genres
Genres
Independent, Indie Comedies, Indie Romance
Rent Never Forever on DVD Never Forever
Synopsis
Vera Farmiga stars in this heartbreaking drama (a 2006 Sundance Film Festival entry) as Sophie, a woman who's utterly devoted to her husband but finds she's unable to get pregnant. When Sophie makes an odd but decisive choice to bring a Korean immigrant (Jung-woo Ha) into their marriage, her fateful decision soon threatens to tear the couple apart -- and drive Sophie to the brink of total despair.
Cast
Cast
Vera Farmiga, Asa Somers, Shirley Roeca, Jackson Pace, Alex Manette, Jung-woo Ha, David Lee McInnis
Director
Director
Gina Kim
Genres
Genres
Independent, Indie Dramas
Rent Black and White on DVD Black and White
Synopsis
This semi-improvised ensemble drama unfolds on the streets of New York City, where a documentary filmmaker (Brooke Shields) and her husband (Robert Downey Jr.) follow a group of privileged white teens who want to be part of the Harlem hip-hop scene. The Harlem crew includes a drug-dealing music mogul (Oliver "Power" Grant) and his friend, a gifted high school basketball player (Allan Houston) entangled with a crooked white cop (Ben Stiller).
Cast
Cast
Scott Caan, Robert Downey Jr., Stacy Edwards, Allan Houston, Gaby Hoffmann, Kidada Jones, Jared Leto, Marla Maples, Joe Pantoliano, Bijou Phillips, Oliver "Power" Grant, Raekwon, Claudia Schiffer, William Lee Scott, Brooke Shields, Ben Stiller, Eddie Kaye Thomas, James Toback, Mike Tyson, Elijah Wood
Director
Director
James Toback
Genres
Genres
Drama, Indie Dramas, Independent, Social Issue Dramas
Rent I Shot Andy Warhol on DVD I Shot Andy Warhol
Synopsis
In 1968, radical feminist Valerie Solanas (Lili Taylor) shot pop-art icon Andy Warhol (Jared Harris) when he ignored the screenplay she wrote. This film traces Solanas's life up to that moment, from childhood abuse to college prostitution to writing the male-bashing "SCUM Manifesto." Taylor won a Special Recognition Award at the Sundance Film Festival for her portrayal of a deranged woman seeking recognition.
Cast
Cast
Lili Taylor, Jared Harris, Martha Plimpton, Lothaire Bluteau, Anna Levine, Peter Friedman, Tahnee Welch, Donovan Leitch, Michael Imperioli, Reg Rogers, Jill Hennessy
Director
Director
Mary Harron
Genres
Genres
Independent, Showbiz Dramas, LGBT, LGBT Dramas, Indie Dramas, Period Pieces, 20th Century Period Pieces
Rent Blackout on DVD Blackout
Synopsis
During the massive summer blackout in 2003, violence descends on Brooklyn's East Flatbush section. Agoraphobic James (Sean Blakemore), his put-upon girlfriend, Claudine (Zoe Saldana), apartment super George (Melvin Van Peebles) and building owner Sol (Saul Rubinek) are thrown together amidst looting and riots. Director Jerry LaMothe weaves stories inspired by true events that went unnoticed by most of America.
Cast
Cast
Jeffrey Wright, Zoe Saldana, Melvin Van Peebles, Michael B. Jordan, LaTanya Richardson, Saul Rubinek, Sean Blakemore, Susan Kelechi Watson, Turron Kofi Alleyne
Director
Director
Jerry LaMothe
Genres
Genres
Independent, Dramas Based on Real Life, African-American Dramas, Indie Dramas
Rent The Go-Getter on DVD The Go-Getter
Synopsis
After the death of his mother, 19-year-old Mercer steals a car and sets out to find his long-lost half brother. As he steers out of town, the car's owner, Kate, calls the cell phone left inside, but she's oddly empathetic to Mercer's plight.
Cast
Cast
Lou Taylor Pucci, Zooey Deschanel, Jena Malone
Director
Director
Martin Hynes
Genres
Genres
Independent, Indie Dramas, Indie Comedies, Indie Romance
Rent The Doom Generation on DVD The Doom Generation
Synopsis
Carnage ensues when trash-mouthed, meth-freak Amy Blue (Rose McGowan) and her dim-bulb boyfriend, Jordan White (James Duval), save depraved drifter Xavier Red (Johnathon Schaech) from some skinheads. A clash with a convenience-store clerk leads to a killing, and the trio finds themselves on the run. Their hellish road trip spawns remorseless brutality; as the journey proceeds, it grows ever more nihilistic -- resulting in a shattering conclusion.
Cast
Cast
James Duval, Rose McGowan, Johnathon Schaech, Cress Williams, Skinny Puppy, Dustin Nguyen, Margaret Cho, Lauren Tewes, Christopher Knight, Nicky Katt, Perry Farrell, Parker Posey
Director
Director
Gregg Araki
Genres
Genres
Independent, Indie Comedies, Cult Comedies, Dark Humor & Black Comedies
Rent Even Cowgirls Get the Blues on DVD Even Cowgirls Get the Blues
Synopsis
Uma Thurman stars as Sissy Hankshaw, whose large thumbs give her a talent for hitchhiking, in this road movie that follows Sissy as she visits a lesbian dude ranch (where she's scheduled to model for feminine hygiene advertisements) and finds love. Director Gus Van Sant's adaptation of Tom Robbins's novel features an all-star cast, including Lorraine Bracco, Angie Dickinson, Carol Kane and Keanu Reeves.
Cast
Cast
Uma Thurman, Lorraine Bracco, Pat Morita, Angie Dickinson, Keanu Reeves, John Hurt, Rain Phoenix, Ed Begley Jr., Carol Kane, Sean Young, Crispin Glover, Roseanne Barr, Buck Henry
Director
Director
Gus Van Sant
Genres
Genres
Independent, LGBT, Indie Comedies, LGBT Comedies, Romantic LGBT, Indie Romance, Indie LGBT, Dramas Based on Contemporary Literature, Lesbian
Rent 2007 Academy Award Nominated Short Films on DVD 2007 Academy Award Nominated Short Films
Synopsis
This anthology features the nominees for the 80th Academy Awards Short Film category, including the live-action winner, "Peter and the Wolf," and the animated winner, "The Mozart of Pickpockets." Other entries in the collection are "At Night," "The Substitute," "Tanghi Argentini," "The Tonto Woman," "Even Pigeons Go to Heaven" and "Madame Tutli-Putli."
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Independent, Indie Comedies, Indie Dramas
Rent Five Corners on DVD Five Corners
Synopsis
This award-winning film centers on the lives of the inhabitants of the Five Corners section of the Bronx in 1964. Jodie Foster stars as Linda, a young woman who turns to her ex-boyfriend Harry (Tim Robbins) to protect her from an unhinged admirer (John Turturro), only to be stymied by formerly tough Harry's new belief in pacifism. Tony Bill directed this winning mix of offbeat comedy and suspense.
Cast
Cast
Jodie Foster, Tim Robbins, John Turturro, Todd Graff, Elizabeth Berridge, Jack McGee, Campbell Scott
Director
Director
Tony Bill
Genres
Genres
Independent, Indie Comedies, Indie Suspense & Thriller, Indie Dramas, 20th Century Period Pieces, Period Pieces
Rent I Love Your Work on DVD I Love Your Work
Synopsis
Giovanni Ribisi stars in this psychological drama as Gray Evans, a successful Hollywood actor who begins to lose his grip on reality when he becomes obsessed with the wife of a video store clerk.
Cast
Cast
Giovanni Ribisi, Franka Potente, Joshua Jackson, Marisa Coughlan, Christina Ricci, Jared Harris, Elvis Costello, David Alan Graf, Rick Hoffman, Kathleen Robertson, Judy Greer, Shalom Harlow, Vince Vaughn, Haylie Duff, Jason Lee
Director
Director
Adam Goldberg
Genres
Genres
Independent, Showbiz Dramas, Indie Dramas
Rent Amexicano on DVD Amexicano
Synopsis
Unable to find employment after losing his job, Italian-American Queens native Bruno (Carmine Famiglietti) takes a temporary construction and landscaping gig -- and reluctantly ends up laboring alongside a group of illegal immigrants. But a growing respect for his diligent co-worker Ignacio (Raul Castillo) gradually causes a shift in Bruno's narrow beliefs. Directed by Matthew Bonifacio, this topical tale also stars Jennifer Pe&#241;a as Ignacio's wife.
Cast
Cast
Hugo Aleman, Michael Aronov, Raúl Castillo, Carmine Famiglietti, Jennifer Peña, Manny Perez
Director
Director
Matthew Bonifacio
Genres
Genres
Independent, Indie Dramas, Social Issue Dramas, Latino Dramas
Rent Game 6 on DVD Game 6
Synopsis
Legendary scribe Don DeLillo wrote this fascinating film about a New York playwright, Nicky Rogan (Michael Keaton), who's immersed in failure. Unable to ride the coattails of success no matter how hard he tries, Nicky distracts himself from his endless career woes by obsessing about those of others -- namely, the perpetual underdogs of baseball, the Boston Red Sox. But Nicky can't sit out the game of life forever. Michael Hoffman directs.
Cast
Cast
Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jr., Griffin Dunne, Shalom Harlow, Ari Graynor, Catherine O'Hara, Bebe Neuwirth, Tom Aldredge, Lillias White
Director
Director
Michael Hoffman
Genres
Genres
Independent, Sports Dramas, Indie Dramas, Baseball, Sports Stories
Rent Falling Up on DVD Falling Up
Synopsis
When his father is killed in a bizarre sports accident, wrong-side-of-the-tracks Henry O'Shea (Joseph Cross) quits nursing school to earn cash as a doorman at a posh New York apartment building, where he falls for lovely resident Scarlett Dowling (Sarah Roemer). As the pair's relationship progresses, Henry's sister (Rachael Leigh Cook) encourages the romance, but Scarlett's mother has other ideas. David M. Rosenthal directs this romantic comedy.
Cast
Cast
Joseph Cross, Sarah Roemer, Rachael Leigh Cook, Joe Pantoliano, Snoop Dogg, Mimi Rogers, Annette O'Toole, Frances Shaw, Claudette Lalí, Daniel Newman
Director
Director
David M. Rosenthal
Genres
Genres
Independent, Indie Comedies, Romantic Comedies
Rent The Business of Fancydancing on DVD The Business of Fancydancing
Synopsis
<b></b>Based on Sherman Alexie's book of poetry of the same name, The Business of Fancydancing reunites best friends Aristotle Joseph (Gene Tagaban) and Seymour Polatkin (Evan Adams) -- two Native American men who grew up together on the Spokane Reservation. Sixteen years after their high school graduation, Seymour, now a successful gay poet living in Seattle, confronts his past when he returns to the reservation to attend a friend's funeral.
Cast
Cast
Evan Adams, Gene Tagaban, Michelle St. John, Swil Kanim, Rebecca Carroll, Cynthia Geary, Leo Rossi, Kevin Phillip, Elaine Miles
Director
Director
Sherman Alexie
Genres
Genres
LGBT, Independent, LGBT Dramas, Indie Dramas
Rent Vacationland on DVD Vacationland
Synopsis
After keeping his crush on his high school friend, Andrew, a secret for so many years, Joe finally goes out on a limb and declares his feelings. But their happiness begins to erode when someone steps out of Joe's past. Brad Hallowell, Gregory J. Lucas, Jennifer Stackpole and Mindy Hofman star in this coming-of-age drama about love, lust and the sometimes harsh realities of romantic relationships.
Cast
Cast
Brad Hallowell, Gregory J. Lucas, Jennifer Stackpole, Mindy Hofman, Charles Ard, Theodore Bouloukos, Michael Dion, Nathan Johnson, Jono Mainelli, Hilary Mann
Director
Director
Todd Verow
Genres
Genres
Independent, LGBT, LGBT Dramas, Gay, Indie LGBT
Rent Rain on DVD Rain
Synopsis
Rain (Brooklyn Sudano), a young black musical prodigy, finds trouble and heartbreak when she witnesses her sister's murder by gangbangers. In order to protect her daughter, Rain's mother secretly contacts Rain's biological mother, and Rain learns the truth of her parentage: She is the daughter of a white socialite. Sent to live with her wealthy grandmother (Faye Dunaway), Rain adjusts to boarding school life, where her musical talents flourish.
Cast
Cast
Khandi Alexander, Robert Loggia, Faye Dunaway, Brooklyn Sudano, Giancarlo Esposito, D'Lytha Myers, Manuel Velazquez, Katie Fountain
Director
Director
Craig DiBona
Genres
Genres
Independent, Indie Dramas, Dramas Based on Bestsellers, African-American Dramas, Social Issue Dramas
Rent Destricted on DVD Destricted
Synopsis
By packing a string of seven erotic shorts into one volume, Destricted removes a bit of the taboo surrounding pornography. Directors range from filmmakers such as Larry Clark to artists from other mediums like Richard Prince and Marilyn Minter. Included are Matthew Barney's "Hoist," in which a man gets intimate with a driveshaft; Prince's "House Call," a salute to 1970s cinema; and Clark's "Impaled," in which he holds auditions for a porn flick.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Larry Clark, Gaspar Noé, Cecily Brown, Matthew Barney, Richard Prince, Marilyn Minter, Sante D'Orazio, Tunga
Genres
Genres
Independent, Experimental, Steamy Romance
Rent Wah-Wah on DVD Wah-Wah
Synopsis
In his directing debut, Richard E. Grant dishes up a slice of his Swaziland boyhood. As the sun sets on Britain's colony, young Ralph Compton (played by Zachary Fox and later Nicholas Hoult) catches his mom, Lauren (Miranda Richardson), in a compromising position -- sending his dad, Harry (Gabriel Byrne), crawling into a bottle. The couple divorces and Harry remarries, but just as Ralph warms to his stepmom, Lauren turns up to reclaim her family.
Cast
Cast
Gabriel Byrne, Emily Watson, Miranda Richardson, Nicholas Hoult, Julie Walters, Celia Imrie, Michael Richards, Julian Wadham, Fenella Woolgar, Ian Roberts
Director
Director
Richard E. Grant
Genres
Genres
Independent, Period Pieces, Indie Dramas, 20th Century Period Pieces
Rent Just One Time on DVD Just One Time
Synopsis
A young woman (Joelle Carter) agrees to fulfill her fianc&#233;'s (Lane Janger) fantasy of inviting another woman to their bedroom. That is, if he agrees to also bring home another man. When the fantasy becomes reality, the couple find themselves with new friends ... and complications. This well-received indie drama from director and star Janger features realistic characters and loads of humor.
Cast
Cast
Lane Janger, Joelle Carter, Guillermo Díaz, David Lee Russek, Jennifer Esposito
Director
Director
Lane Janger
Genres
Genres
Independent, LGBT, Indie Comedies, Romantic Comedies, LGBT Comedies
Rent Almost Normal on DVD Almost Normal
Synopsis
This fantasy comedy stars J. Andrew Keitch as a gay man who returns to high school and learns that being part of the in crowd isn't all it's cracked up to be. At 40, single Brad Jenkins (Keitch) feels like a loser -- till he's magically transported back to high school, where nearly all the students are now homosexual. Brad dates the hot jock (Tim Hammer), but everything changes when Brad's best pal (Joan Lauckner) arrives on the scene.
Cast
Cast
J. Andrew Keitch, Joan Lauckner, Tim Hammer
Director
Director
Marc Moody
Genres
Genres
Independent, LGBT Comedies, Indie Comedies
Rent Holy Motors on DVD Holy Motors
Synopsis
This surreal drama from France follows DL, who becomes many different individuals living very different lives over a 24-hour period -- switching effortlessly from man to woman, impoverished to affluent, young to old, and even assassin to family man.
Cast
Cast
Denis Lavant, Edith Scob, Eva Mendes, Kylie Minogue, Elise Lhommeau, Jeanne Disson, Michel Piccoli, Leos Carax
Director
Director
Leos Carax
Genres
Genres
Independent, Foreign, Experimental, Indie Dramas, Foreign Dramas, Foreign Art House, French Language, France
Rent Speedway Junky on DVD Speedway Junky
Synopsis
<b></b>Produced by Gus Van Sant (Drugstore Cowboy), Speedway Junky is an unnerving look at the dark side of Las Vegas. Johnny (Jesse Bradford) has run away from home to pursue his fantasy of racing cars, but his dreams turn sour when he's beaten and robbed in Vegas. Taken in by a gay hustler (Jordan Brower) and a former prostitute (Daryl Hannah), Johnny learns to hustle to survive.
Cast
Cast
Jesse Bradford, Jordan Brower, Daryl Hannah, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Patsy Kensit, Tiffani Thiessen, Warren G.
Director
Director
Nickolas Perry
Genres
Genres
Independent, LGBT, Indie Dramas, LGBT Dramas
Rent 3-Day Weekend on DVD 3-Day Weekend
Synopsis
Each year, committed couple Simon and Jason spend a weekend relaxing with their friend, Cooper, and the guy he's dating at the time, but their decision to invite single friends along this year leads to major relationship shake-ups.
Cast
Cast
Chris Carlisle, Joel Harrison, Gaetano Jones, Derek Long, Derek Meeker, Douglas Myers, Daniel Rhyder, Stephen Twardokus
Director
Director
Rob Williams
Genres
Genres
LGBT, Independent, Romantic LGBT, LGBT Dramas, Indie Dramas, Indie LGBT
Rent The Sasquatch Gang on DVD The Sasquatch Gang
Synopsis
Sci-fi lover Gavin (Jeremy Sumpter) sparks a media frenzy when he discovers evidence that Bigfoot lives nearby. While Gavin sets out to find the creature, a local loser (Justin Long) tries to cash in, and Bigfoot authority Dr. Artimus Snodgrass (Carl Weathers) arrives to investigate. The small town buzzes as the press descends, rumors swirl, hawkers sell souvenirs and Gavin, Snodgrass, a reporter and a cop try to uncover the truth.
Cast
Cast
Justin Long, Jeremy Sumpter, Addie Land, Joey Kern, Rob Pinkston, Michael Mitchell, Hubbel Palmer, Jon Gries, Ray Santiago, Jeff D'Agostino, Carl Weathers
Director
Director
Tim Skousen
Genres
Genres
Independent, Indie Comedies, Teen Comedies
Rent Safe on DVD Safe
Synopsis
Julianne Moore stars as Carol White, a suburban housewife whose affluent environment suddenly turns against her. All seems well until the day Carol claims that everyday environmental toxins are making her increasingly ill.
Cast
Cast
Julianne Moore, Peter Friedman, Xander Berkeley, James Le Gros, Susan Norman, Kate McGregor-Stewart, Mary Carver, Janel Moloney
Director
Director
Todd Haynes
Genres
Genres
Independent, Indie Dramas, Psychological Thrillers, Medical Dramas
Rent Schizopolis on DVD Schizopolis
Synopsis
Steven Soderbergh directs, writes and stars in this freewheeling comedy stuffed to the gills with visual and verbal puns. Soderbergh plays dual roles in a bizarre cast of characters with absurd names like Elmo Oxygen and T. Azimuth Schwitters. Nerdy copywriter Fletcher Munson (Soderbergh) finds himself under pressure to write a speech for a revered spiritual guru, while dentist Jeffrey Korchek (Soderbergh) starts an affair with Munson's wife.
Cast
Cast
Steven Soderbergh, Betsy Brantley, David Jensen, Mike Malone, Eddie Jemison, Scott Allen, Katherine La Nasa, Silas Cooper, Liann Pattison
Director
Director
Steven Soderbergh
Genres
Genres
Independent, Indie Comedies, Dark Humor & Black Comedies, Spoofs and Satire
Rent Brand Upon the Brain on DVD Brand Upon the Brain
Synopsis
Filmmaker Guy Maddin's intriguing homage to silent films centers on a man (Erik Steffen Maahs) who returns to his childhood home on an abandoned island and uncovers the shocking truth about his mysterious parents. Exploring the orphanage his parents ran when he was a child, Guy unearths a world of disturbing science experiments and diabolical schemes. Narrated by Isabella Rossellini, this unique film recalls some of cinema's earliest works.
Cast
Cast
Gretchen Krich, Sullivan Brown, Maya Lawson, Katherine E. Scharhon, Todd Moore, Andrew Loviska, Kellan Larson, Cathleen O'Malley, Erik Steffen Maahs
Director
Director
Guy Maddin
Genres
Genres
Independent, Experimental
Rent Boys Briefs 4 on DVD Boys Briefs 4
Synopsis
This set of short films delves into the world of gay male hustlers, with stories ranging from "Gold" -- which explores the liaison between an aging artist and a street hustler -- to "Gigolo," the tale of an Arab boy who services the Parisian jet set. Also included in the compilation are the titles "Boy," "Build," "Into the Night" and "Rock Bottom," plus absorbing interviews with each of the filmmakers.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
LGBT, Independent, Indie Dramas, LGBT Dramas
Rent 2006 Academy Award Short Films Collection on DVD 2006 Academy Award Short Films Collection
Synopsis
Enjoy the best live-action and animated shorts from the 2006 Academy Awards, including the animated winner "The Danish Poet," which follows the title character on an adventure into romance and inspiration. In addition to live-action winner "West Bank Story" -- a Middle Eastern parody of West Side Story -- this eclectic collection also includes nominees "Binta and the Great Idea," "One Too Many," "Helmer & Son," "The Saviour" and "Maestro."
Cast
Cast
Javier Fesser, Torill Kove, Ari Sandel, Søren Pilmark
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Independent, Indie Dramas, Indie Comedies
Rent The Big Bad Swim on DVD The Big Bad Swim
Synopsis
Students of an adult swim class find much more than a way to conquer their fear of water in this ensemble dramedy, which follows the life-altering journeys of soon-to-be-divorced schoolteacher Amy (Paget Brewster), stripper Jordan (Jess Weixler) and swim instructor Noah (Jeff Branson). Held back by their past heartbreaks, the three learn that sometimes the only way to move on is to take a really big plunge.
Cast
Cast
Raviv Ullman, Paget Brewster, Jeff Branson, Jess Weixler, Avi Setton, Todd Susman, Kevin Porter Young, Darla Hill, Terria Joseph, Liza Lapira
Director
Director
Ishai Setton
Genres
Genres
Independent, Indie Comedies, Indie Dramas
Rent The Sensation of Sight on DVD The Sensation of Sight
Synopsis
Blaming himself for a tragedy involving one of his students, English teacher Finn (David Strathairn) leaves his job and family, moves into a boarding house and sells encyclopedias door-to-door in this dreamlike indie drama. As he makes his way through his small New England town, Finn connects with some of the local residents, attracts the attention of single mother Alice (Jane Adams) and is haunted by a ghost who trails him relentlessly.
Cast
Cast
David Strathairn, Ian Somerhalder, Daniel Gillies, Jane Adams, Ann Cusack, Joseph Mazzello, Elisabeth Waterston, Scott Wilson
Director
Director
Aaron J. Wiederspahn
Genres
Genres
Independent, Indie Dramas
Rent Love and Death on Long Island on DVD Love and Death on Long Island
Synopsis
Well-known British author Giles De'ath (John Hurt) abhors the modern world and avoids it at all costs. When he gets locked out of his home, however, he ends up attending the movies ... and subsequently changes his life. De'ath is about to walk out on the decidedly lowbrow teen flick when he spots a young actor (Jason Priestley) who defines De'ath's idea of physical perfection. A giddy obsession and a journey of self-discovery ensue.
Cast
Cast
John Hurt, Jason Priestley, Fiona Loewi, Sheila Hancock, Maury Chaykin, Gawn Grainger, Elizabeth Quinn, Linda Busby
Director
Director
Richard Kwietniowski
Genres
Genres
Independent, Indie Romance, Indie Dramas, Indie LGBT, Romantic LGBT, Romantic Dramas, LGBT Comedies
Rent Escanaba in da Moonlight on DVD Escanaba in da Moonlight
Synopsis
The pressure is on for hapless backwoods hunter Rueben Soady: If he doesn't bag a buck this year, he'll be his clan's biggest failure. Rueben thinks that adopting new rituals may change his luck, but instead they set off a string of eerie events.
Cast
Cast
Jeff Daniels, Harve Presnell, Joey Albright, Wayne David Parker, Randall Godwin, Kimberly Norris-Guerrero, Jim Porterfield, Guy Sanville, Lucas Daniels, Phillip Powers, Sandra Birch, Alex Mulvaney, Kyle Broeders, Chad Decota
Director
Director
Jeff Daniels
Genres
Genres
Independent, Indie Comedies, Dark Humor & Black Comedies, Hunting
Rent The Element of Crime on DVD The Element of Crime
Synopsis
In a post-holocaust future, a serial killer preys on teenage girls. The stymied detective on the case submits to a special form of hypnosis to improve his chances of catching the culprit.
Cast
Cast
Michael Elphick, Esmond Knight, Me Me Lai, Jerold Wells, Ahmed El Shenawi, Astrid Henning Jensen, Janos Hersko, Stig Larsson, Lars von Trier
Director
Director
Lars von Trier
Genres
Genres
Independent, Experimental, Indie Suspense & Thriller, Sci-Fi Thrillers, Suspense, Scandinavia, Foreign Regions, Indie Classics
Rent Left Luggage on DVD Left Luggage
Synopsis
A liberal Jewish philosophy student (Laura Fraser) takes a job as nanny to the 4-year-old son (Adam Monty) of a strict Hasidic family. Despite generational and cultural conflicts, the experience opens her mind to her Jewish identity and that of her Holocaust survivor parents. Actor Jeroen Krabbe (Prince of Tides), who plays the boy's father, makes his directorial debut with this drama set in early 1970s Antwerp, Belgium.
Cast
Cast
Laura Fraser, Adam Monty, Isabella Rossellini, Jeroen Krabbé, Topol, Marianne Sagebrecht, Maximilian Schell, David Bradley, Miriam Margolyes, Huw Garmon, Antonie Kamerling, Michael Pas
Director
Director
Jeroen Krabbé
Genres
Genres
Independent, Indie Dramas, Period Pieces, Tearjerkers, Judaica, 20th Century Period Pieces
Rent Sex and Breakfast on DVD Sex and Breakfast
Synopsis
James (Macaulay Culkin) and Heather (Alexis Dziena) visit a therapist to discuss their passionless relationship. During their sessions, both realize they're as much mentally bored as sexually uninterested. That is, until their therapist recommends group sex. A partner swap with Ellis (Kuno Becker) and Renee (Eliza Dushku) leaves all four lovers realizing that a lasting relationship consists of more than just sex and breakfast.
Cast
Cast
Macaulay Culkin, Kuno Becker, Eliza Dushku, Alexis Dziena, Joanna Miles, Eric Lively, Jaime Ray Newman, Tracie Thoms, Robert Carradine, John Pleshette, Maree Cheatham, Margaret Travolta, Anita Gnan
Director
Director
Miles Brandman
Genres
Genres
Independent, Steamy Romance, Indie Dramas, Indie Romance
Rent Be My Baby on DVD Be My Baby
Synopsis
Tired of being duped by cheating husbands pretending to be single, Rylee decides to get revenge by having one-night stands with married men and then showing up months later with a baby, demanding money. But her plan soon goes awry.
Cast
Cast
Lacey Chabert, Julia Duffy, Brody Hutzler, René Ashton, Cris Judd, Josie Davis, Tara Mercurio, Bru Muller, Rance Howard, Jonathan Breck, Sue Nelson
Director
Director
Bryce Olson
Genres
Genres
Independent, Indie Comedies, Dark Humor & Black Comedies, Romantic Comedies, Indie Romance
Rent The Toilers and the Wayfarers on DVD The Toilers and the Wayfarers
Synopsis
Keith Froelich directs this coming-of-age tale about two gay teens (Matt Klemp and Andrew Woodhouse) who migrate from the conservative small town of New Ulm, Minn., to the big city of Minneapolis, where they wind up turning tricks to survive. Ralf Schirg co-stars as their twenty-something cohort, a man who's recently moved from Germany to America to find the freedom he sees on television and in Hollywood movies.
Cast
Cast
Matt Klemp, Andrew Woodhouse, Ralf Schirg
Director
Director
Keith Froelich
Genres
Genres
Independent, LGBT, Indie Dramas, LGBT Dramas, Gay, German Language
Rent Day Night Day Night on DVD Day Night Day Night
Synopsis
A 19-year-old girl prepares to become a suicide bomber in Times Square. Inspired in part by a story in a Russian newspaper and playing off cinematic depictions of Joan of Arc, the film transpires on the girl's face.
Cast
Cast
Luisa Williams, Josh Phillip Weinstein, Gareth Saxe, Nyambi Nyambi, Frank Dattolo, Annemarie Lawless, Teo Yoo
Director
Director
Julia Loktev
Genres
Genres
Independent, Indie Dramas, Crime Dramas, Crime Thrillers, Suspense
Rent The Hawk Is Dying on DVD The Hawk Is Dying
Synopsis
Auto upholsterer George Gattling (Paul Giamatti) searches for meaning in his life in Julian Goldberger's moving drama. An amateur falconer with a questionable track record, George manages to catch a magnificent hawk and is determined to train the wild bird, despite negative comments from his friends and family. Driven to succeed, Gattling refuses to give up, even in the face of tragic events. Michael Pitt and Michelle Williams co-star.
Cast
Cast
Paul Giamatti, Michelle Williams, Michael Pitt, Rusty Schwimmer, Robert Wisdom, Steve DuMouchel, Marc Macaulay, Karl Anthony, John Hostetter, P.J. Lalka
Director
Director
Julian Goldberger
Genres
Genres
Independent, Dramas Based on the Book, Indie Dramas, Dramas Based on Contemporary Literature
Rent Gypsy 83 on DVD Gypsy 83
Synopsis
In Sandusky, Ohio, teenage photographer Clive (Kett Turton) is on the verge of coming fully out of the closet, while obese twenty-something Gypsy (Sara Rue) loves Stevie Nicks music as much as she hates her dead-end, wage-slave job at the local photo hut. When the couple hears about a "Night of a Thousand Stevies" karaoke show in New York City, they hightail it to Gotham and away from their mundane lives in Ohio.
Cast
Cast
Sara Rue, Kett Turton, Karen Black, John Doe, Carolyn Baumler, Anson Scoville, Paulo Costanzo, Stephanie McVay
Director
Director
Todd Stephens
Genres
Genres
Independent, Indie Dramas, LGBT Dramas, Dark Humor & Black Comedies, Indie Comedies, LGBT, Indie LGBT
Rent Trash on DVD Trash
Synopsis
Heroin addicts Joe and Holly live in a slum in New York's Lower East Side. The two of them spend their days picking through trash and looking for their next fix in this Andy Warhol production.
Cast
Cast
Joe Dallesandro, Holly Woodlawn, Geri Miller, Andrea Feldman, John Putnam, Jane Forth, Bruce Pecheur, Diane Podel, Roberto D'Alessandro, Michael Sklar
Director
Director
Paul Morrissey
Genres
Genres
Independent, Indie Classics, Experimental, Indie Dramas, Indie LGBT
Rent The Wild Blue Yonder on DVD The Wild Blue Yonder
Synopsis
Werner Herzog crafts a thought-provoking exploration of life beyond Earth by blending authentic NASA images with documentary footage shot beneath the Antarctic Ocean by avid diver and experimental guitarist Henry Kaiser. After human beings suck everything valuable from planet Earth -- including all life-sustaining matter -- aliens move in to try to settle a veritable wasteland. Oscar nominee Brad Dourif (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest) stars.
Cast
Cast
Brad Dourif, Capt. Donald Williams, Dr. Ellen Baker, Franklin Chang-Diaz, Shannon Lucid, Michael McCulley, Roger Diehl, Ted Sweetser, Martin Lo
Director
Director
Werner Herzog
Genres
Genres
Independent, Indie Dramas, Sci-Fi Adventure, Alien Sci-Fi
Rent Haiku Tunnel on DVD Haiku Tunnel
Synopsis
Writer-director Josh Kornbluth hits the comic bull's-eye with this disarmingly droll observation of office politics and the realm of corporate slaves, finding humor in everything from convoluted computer systems to pilfered office supplies. Kornbluth plays a law-firm temp whose promotion to permanent status triggers an existential moment of truth. The film's ensemble cast includes Helen Shumaker as the bossy head secretary.
Cast
Cast
Josh Kornbluth, Warren Keith, Helen Shumaker, Amy Resnick, Brian Thorstenson, Harry Shearer, Jacob Kornbluth
Director
Director
Jacob Kornbluth, Josh Kornbluth
Genres
Genres
Independent, Indie Comedies, Dark Humor & Black Comedies
Rent Charlotte Sometimes on DVD Charlotte Sometimes
Synopsis
Soft-spoken Michael (Michael Idemoto) is secretly in love with next-door neighbor Lori (Eugenia Yuan), who's committed to boyfriend Justin (Matt Westmore). Unbeknownst to Justin, Michael and Lori develop an intimate -- though sexless -- friendship, and Lori encourages Michael to find a girlfriend. But when he does, jealousies erupt with the other couple, threatening relationships all around. Nominated for two 2003 Independent Spirit Awards.
Cast
Cast
Michael Idemoto, Jacqueline Kim, Eugenia Yuan, Matt Westmore, Shizuko Hoshi, Kimberly-Rose Wolter, Andrew J. Turner
Director
Director
Eric Byler
Genres
Genres
Independent, Indie Dramas, Romantic Dramas, Indie Romance
Rent Adrift in Manhattan on DVD Adrift in Manhattan
Synopsis
The lives of three strangers cross on New York City's subway system. While a grief-stricken optometrist is forced to reexamine her life, an artist must confront the onset of blindness and a photographer has to face his inner demons.
Cast
Cast
William Baldwin, Dominic Chianese, Marlene Forte, Heather Graham, Elizabeth Peña, Nicole Leach, Victor Rasuk, Adrianna Bremont, Jesse Green, Erika Michels
Director
Director
Alfredo De Villa
Genres
Genres
Independent, Indie Dramas
Rent Stephanie Daley on DVD Stephanie Daley
Synopsis
Hilary Brougher's drama follows pregnant forensic psychologist Lydie Crane (Tilda Swinton) as she investigates a case in which 16-year-old Stephanie Daley (Amber Tamblyn) is accused of hiding her pregnancy, giving birth and then murdering her baby. In investigating Daley's alleged crime, Crane, who recently suffered a pregnancy loss, comes face-to-face with her own grief. Timothy Hutton and Denis O'Hare co-star.
Cast
Cast
Tilda Swinton, Amber Tamblyn, Timothy Hutton, Denis O'Hare, Melissa Leo, Jim Gaffigan, Kel O'Neill, Neal Huff, Vincent Piazza, Halley Feiffer
Director
Director
Hilary Brougher
Genres
Genres
Independent, Courtroom Dramas, Indie Dramas, Crime Dramas, Social Issue Dramas
Rent Sweet Movie on DVD Sweet Movie
Synopsis
Miss World Virginity (Carole Laure), who is nearly mute, endures a horrifically kinky honeymoon but soon escapes to a scatalogically inclined commune in Vienna. Meanwhile, a madwoman pilots a candy-stuffed boat down a river. Yugoslavian director Dusan Makavajev intercuts these two wild tales with shocking footage of Nazi medical experimentation. Roger Ebert declared the button-pushing cult favorite "an experience to defy criticism."
Cast
Cast
Sami Frey, Carole Laure, Anna Prucnal, Pierre Clémenti, John Vernon, Roy Callender, Jane Mallett
Director
Director
Dusan Makavejev
Genres
Genres
Independent, Experimental
Rent Most High on DVD Most High
Synopsis
When Julius (Marty Sader) loses his girlfriend, his job and the life of his pseudo father, Jack, his itch for a "quick fix" suffocates his ambitions and takes him on a trip through the disturbing addiction of crystal meth. Julius confides in Erica (Laura Keys), who lures him into her erratic lifestyle, and their crazy romance brings him terrifying hallucinations and isolation as he learns that hedonism will not eliminate his pain.
Cast
Cast
Marty Sader, Laura Keys, Kenyon Robertson, Josh Taback, John Klemantaski, Sarah Scott, Nick Roberts, Ringo Hayden, Regina Berger, Matt Stasi
Director
Director
Marty Sader
Genres
Genres
Independent, Indie Dramas, Social Issue Dramas
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