Watch: 50 Independent Movies for Independence Day Weekend

by | July 1, 2011 at 9:02 AM | Indie Film Club

indie-moviesHopefully you’re enjoying the long weekend with plenty of sun, fun, and BBQ. But later, after you’re flesh is red, your tummy full, and you’re exhausted from chasing Frisbees, you may want to watch a movie. If that’s the case, we have a treat for you: 50 independent movies for this Independence Day weekend. Get it? 50 films to represent 50 states, and indie movies in honor of the independent spirit that made, and continues to make these United States of America great. We’re stretching to make a point, but the real message here is that we culled xfinityTV.com for a bunch of adventurous, fun, difficult, moving, silly, and emotional films and documentaries that you can watch right now. Here. Just click. And watch.

1. Adaptation Charlie Kaufman (Nicolas Cage) is a gifted but profoundly neurotic screenwriter who’s hired to write a script adapted from the nonfiction book ‘The Orchid Thief’ by Susan Orlean. [CLICK HERE TO WATCH]

2.. Lost In Translation Sofia Coppola offers a story of love and friendship blooming under unlikely circumstances in this comedy drama. [CLICK HERE TO WATCH]

3. A Serious Man Filmmaking duo Joel and Ethan Coen write, produce, and direct this period black comedy set in 1967 concerning a Midwestern physics professor. [CLICK HERE TO WATCH]

4. American Splendor The documentary directing team of Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman makes their narrative feature debut with the biographical comedy drama. [CLICK HERE TO WATCH]

5. Greenberg A fortysomething New Yorker in the throes of a midlife crisis falls for his brother’s assistant while house-sitting for his sibling in Los Angeles. [CLICK HERE TO WATCH]

6. Catfish Love and identity become twisted across the lines of the Internet in this documentary from filmmakers Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman. [CLICK HERE TO WATCH]

7. Frozen Director Adam Green (Hatchet, Spiral) takes the helm for this relentlessly tense tale of three snowboarders who must fight for their lives in the freezing cold after getting stranded on a ski lift. [CLICK HERE TO WATCH]

8. Crazy Heart A worn-down country singer and a burgeoning journalist form an unusual bond in this drama adapted from the novel by Thomas Cobb. [CLICK HERE TO WATCH]

9. (500) Days of Summer Director Marc Webb’s wry, nonlinear romantic comedy about a man who falls head over heels for a woman who doesn’t believe in love. [CLICK HERE TO WATCH]

10. A Prophet An impressionable and vulnerable Arabic man gets thrust into a hellish prison, and ironically discovers greater opportunities for success than he ever possessed outside of the bars. [CLICK HERE TO WATCH]

11. Zebrahead An interracial romance sparks social upheaval in this indie drama from first-time writer/director Anthony Drazan. [CLICK HERE TO WATCH]

12. Slacker One of the key American independent films of the 1990s, Richard Linklater’s feature debut is an audacious look at the twentysomething culture in the college town of Austin, Texas. [CLICK HERE TO WATCH]

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13. Mean Streets A young hood and his friends struggle to survive in the streets of New York’s Little Italy. [CLICK HERE TO WATCH]

14. The Times of Harvey Milk A documentary portrait of San Francisco’s first openly gay politician, city supervisor Harvey Milk. [CLICK HERE TO WATCH]

15. Buena Vista Social Club Legends of Cuban music perform with Ry Cooder in this lively documentary. [CLICK HERE TO WATCH]

16. MacHeads A documentary that introduces the fascinating characters that make up the Macintosh community. [CLICK HERE TO WATCH]

17. Biggie & Tupac A no holds barred investigation into the still unsolved murders of two of the biggest superstars of the rap world. [CLICK HERE TO WATCH]

18. One Day Like Rain A teenage girl searching for meaning and a means of channeling her adolescent angst concocts a metaphysical experiment designed to steer humanity away from self-destruction. [CLICK HERE TO WATCH]

19. We Are Wizards As the popularity of author J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series expands to create a whole new breed of rabid fantasy fanatics, filmmaker Josh Koury explores the curious culture. [CLICK HERE TO WATCH]

20. Women in Boxes This documentary pays homage to a well-known but seldom-discussed subject: the everpresent “magician’s assistant” in magic acts. [CLICK HERE TO WATCH]

21. Alexandra’s Project Rolf de Heer’s psychological thriller captures a turning point in a very unhappy marriage. [CLICK HERE TO WATCH]

22. Accelerating America Timothy Hotchner’s documentary which follows two at-risk students, as they attempt to graduate high-school with the help of a principal that takes his work very personally. [CLICK HERE TO WATCH]

23. Cutter Two lawn care companies fight for the coveted Mall Mowing Contract. [CLICK HERE TO WATCH]

24. Google Me In this documentary, director Jim Killeen discovers that a number of people in the world share his name. [CLICK HERE TO WATCH]

25. Campfire A woman seeking to embrace both her faith and her culture finds that neither is as simple as she imagined in this drama from Israel. [CLICK HERE TO WATCH]

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26. Le Grand Voyage A father/son road trip highlights the deep generational and cultural gaps between a modern young Arab and his devoutly religious father. [CLICK HERE TO WATCH]

27. Kiss After 8-year-old Bruno’s father leaves for a military mission, we see what happens to him through Bruno playing with his toy soldiers. [CLICK HERE TO WATCH]

28. Manito An intimate portrait of a Latino family in New York City. [CLICK HERE TO WATCH]

29. Fetching Cody A small-time Vancouver drug dealer traverses through time in a desperate bid to alter the grim fate of his comatose girlfriend in this bittersweet time travel fantasy from first-time director David Ray. [CLICK HERE TO WATCH]

30. Lymelife Filmmakers Derick and Steven Martini deliver this period drama following two families whose lives are profoundly affected by complex relationships, real estate woes, and Lyme disease. [CLICK HERE TO WATCH]

31. Africa Unite In this concert staged on what would have been reggae legend Bob Marley’s sixtieth birthday. [CLICK HERE TO WATCH]

32. Icebergs On their way home from high school, tough girls Rosa and Céline are preyed upon by a devious cell phone thief. [CLICK HERE TO WATCH]

33. Gregory’s Girl A comedy about a wimpy 16-year-old who is going through his first high-school crush…on the girl who replaced him on the school’s soccer team. [CLICK HERE TO WATCH]

34. Frankie and Johnny Are Married In a hilariously misguided attempt to save his rocky marriage, Director Michael Pressman casts his wife in his latest film. [CLICK HERE TO WATCH]

35. Garden Party Filmmaker Jason Freeland draws inspiration from the eponymous song for this tale of five lost souls attempting to navigate the treacherous urban landscape of contemporary Los Angeles. [CLICK HERE TO WATCH]

36. Intimate Strangers This grim made-for-TV domestic drama examines the terrible effects caused by spousal abuse. [CLICK HERE TO WATCH]

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37. Inch’Allah Dimanche A deeply moving portrait of an Algerian woman’s experience as an immigrant in France at a time when racial violence ran deep.  [CLICK HERE TO WATCH]

38. Freestyle: The Art of Rhyme The pioneers and current purveyors of the vibrant art of freestyle hip-hop mingle in this hour-long documentary. [CLICK HERE TO WATCH]

39. The Two Escobars Born in the same city but not related, Andres Escobar and Pablo Escobar shared a fanatical love of soccer.  One went pro the other became a notorious drug lord. [CLICK HERE TO WATCH]

40. Spread A modern tale of morality, director David Mackenzie’s stylish sex comedy centers on the exploits of a Los Angeles gigolo. [CLICK HERE TO WATCH]

41. Stolen The most elaborate and successful art heist in modern history is detailed in filmmaker Rebecca Dreyfus’ cinematic account of the daring raid on Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner museum. [CLICK HERE TO WATCH]

42. Love and Rage A drama of romantic obsession turned violent inspired by a true story. [CLICK HERE TO WATCH]

43. Cult of Sincerity A New York hipster sets out on a a quest to create the most sincere T-shirt ever. [CLICK HERE TO WATCH]

44. Long Story Short Tells the story of Larry and Trudie Long, a popular Asian American nightclub act of the ’40s and ’50s. [CLICK HERE TO WATCH]

45. Hey, Is Dee Dee Home Lech Kowalski’s documentary feature about the life and times of Ramones bassist and all-star burn out Dee Dee Ramone. [CLICK HERE TO WATCH]

46. Summercamp! Documentary filmmakers Bradley Beesley and Sarah Price take viewers back to the sun-soaked days of summer. [CLICK HERE TO WATCH]

47. Super Size Me First-time director Morgan Spurlock takes a look at the subject of obesity in the United States, specifically zeroing in on the business and culture surrounding the nation’s fast-food industry in this documentary. [CLICK HERE TO WATCH]

48. Night Of The Living Dead When unexpected radiation raises the dead, a microcosm of Average America has to battle flesh-eating zombies in George A. Romero’s landmark cheapie horror film. [CLICK HERE TO WATCH]

49. Crying with Laughter A comedian’s life suddenly takes some very unfunny turns in this independent comedy-drama. [CLICK HERE TO WATCH]

50. Jack Says An amnesiac with a penchant for fighting and womanizing attempts to elude the police and the mob long enough to find the woman he knows he once loved. [CLICK HERE TO WATCH]