Featured Indie Film round up! At Film Forecaster, we believe in supporting filmmakers and films from all over the world – at any level. Getting the word out is our little way of saying thank you to amazing artists and entertainers, but also to make the world a little more interesting for those looking for a good story!
These are our picks for this month:
- An Act of Love
- The Way It Begins
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Indigo is a dramatic, conceptual short film about alienation – on the inside. Two young, lost souls in New York City share a common struggle – they are stuck in lives they do not feel they belong to. It really dives into the struggles of loneliness and the whirlwind of emotions that come with it. It’s loud and quiet, soft and subtle yet rigid and raw. Definitely a must see film.
Indigo has won 18 International Awards, got 12 Nominations and 50 Official Film Festival Selections – in 20 countries!
She is an adored actress and he, a bike messenger. On the outside they seem like each other’s opposite, but on the inside they are the same- dehumanized by an internal loneliness that alienates them from feeling alive. The claws of loneliness affect both characters the same, unconcerned with the typical borders of power and privilege. Synchronicity begins to mirror their lives, and they finally reach a breaking point. It is in this moment, they must choose to find that brave breath- a self power that brings them in touch with truth and the chance to change their trajectory. Both of them make a decision that will bring them back to their true selves and in turn, closer to each other. Indigo is about hope. For everyone.
Indigo is written and directed by the Swedish director Paul Jerndal, who aims to inspire and encourage people to believe in themselves and start being who they truly are. Jerndal’s idea was to merge different art forms together in a conceptual platform that involves music, acting, art, fashion, design and sound. The goal was to bring as many talented, creative people from various fields together, harnessing each artists’ compassion and emotional investment in this subject to create a piece of art that they all believed in. This film aspires to empathize, inspire and give hope to everyone feeling alienated.
Check out the trailer below and find out more about the film on the official website.
An Act of Love
A documentary in the works, An Act of Love follows the story of Reverend Frank Schaefer and his decision of officiating his son’s same-sex wedding, and the roaring response. The United Methodist Church, the second largest Protestant denomination in the US, for the Reverend’s decision. Director Scott Sheppard and his team interview ALL sides of the story, and really dive into the LGBTQ movement and religion.
Why this film is important now. We now have marriage equality in all 50 States, but the U.S.’s 2nd largest protestant denomination is still sharply divided on this issue.
Full equality for the LGBTQ community cannot exist in the U.S. without the support of the Christian community. Laws may be passed that provide more rights and protections, but those rights will be routinely ignored in places where the community does not agree that LGBTQ citizens should be treated as equals under the law and under God. Just as the struggle for racial and gender equality made huge strides forward once they gained the support of influential religious communities – so will the LGBTQ movement.
We hope that this film will be a strategic and important tool used to elevate the conversation about LGBTQ rights in one of the most significant Christian denominations in the U.S. – the United Methodist Church.
In May 2016, at the denomination’s General Conference, there will be another chance for the rules of the UMC to change and allow for ordination of LGBTQ clergy and for same-sex marriage within the Church. We created this film with this critical turning point in mind.
Support the film team on their Indiegogo campaign page!
The Way It Begins
The Way It Begins is an emotional journey by director Chris Wright. This short film notes, “what could happen if you just said, “Hello.””. It is a simple short film, focusing on storytelling through music and dance. It’s a relatable feeling – “What if?”.
The Way It Begins was conceived from the simple idea that every happy ending has a beginning. We are inundated with the magical tales of “happily ever after”…but what about that first moment? The moment someone took a chance, took that first step? That is the moment I wanted to explore. That moment takes courage and a bit of a leap of faith, not to mention there is usually a very small window of time to make that moment happen. Unfortunately in my case, I have let that moment pass by time and time again, and then would resign myself to the dreaded mind torture of “what if”. It was from those ponderings that, “The Way it Begins” was born. This is the story of “what if”.
The age old story of boy meets girl, but told in a unique way — because we decided to tell the entire emotional journey of their relationship through music and dance. Sounds like fun, right? This is not a silent film, and even though there is almost no dialogue, through the incredible choreography, you will feel every butterfly in their stomach, moment of self doubt, and feeling of exhilaration that our couple is going through. It’s not an experimental expressive dance film, but rather a burgeoning love story that follows the emotional journey of two people who meet at random and decide to explore the possibility of love. Set to a beautifully composed score, we will leave it to you to imagine how their story ends, but you can bet we’re going to show you the way it begins.
Support the film team on their Indiegogo campaign page!
Releasing in theaters this October 16, Room stars Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay. Don’t let this film fall under your radar! Room is an adaptation from a heart wrenching novel about a 5 year old boy and his Mother, confined within a room. She was kidnapped and had no choice but to raise her son in captivity. All the boy knows is this room and nothing of the outside world, until a series of events changes that!
Both highly suspenseful and deeply emotional, ROOM is a unique and touching exploration of the boundless love between a mother and her child. After 5-year- old Jack and his Ma escape from the enclosed surroundings that Jack has known his entire life, the boy makes a thrilling discovery: the outside world. As he experiences all the joy, excitement, and fear that this new adventure brings, he holds tight to the one thing that matters most of all—his special bond with his loving and devoted Ma.
Check out the Official Site for more information about this emotional film.