A Long List of Film Recs After Viewing a Boatload of Screeners

Posted by Greg on Jul 21, 2021 in Movies |

Parallel Love
-the alt-rock indie band Luxury tries to make it big in a small town in Georgia. A life-altering accident on the road to a gig re-orders their priorities and some of the band members become Eastern Orthodox priests. While that latter part is not touched upon nearly as much as we would have hoped for it is an inspiring and winning film that deserves more attention.

Electric Jesus
-we’ve written about this film before. It is nothing short of awesome. Please try and find it on streaming platforms. The soundtrack alone is worth it but the cast of no-names deliver one heck of a punch. Lead actor Kevin Baumgartner of The Office fame appeared on SiriusXM and told the radio hosts “If it were not for the pandemic, this film would have been a festival favorite.” We could not agree more.

-a big hit at the festival circuit. Could not love this film more. Executive produced by Ryan Coogerl and a festival favorite the documentary follows Oakland High School’s class of 2020 as they confront an unprecedented year.

No Ordinary Man
-a documentary about the life of jazz musician and transgender icon Billy Tipton from the always awesome crew at Oscilloscope Laboratories. Complicated and historically unrivaled, the film shows what is possible when a community collaborates to honor the legacy of an unlikely hero. We saw it at the Florida Film Festival and it left us asking more questions. Usually that’s the sign of a good film.

-an important and searing look at the BLM movement. The award winning film by Ashley O’Shay documents African-American millennial organizers and their ardent challenges to a Chicago administration.

Pray Away
-a searing, heartbreaking and honest film about the Church’s relationship with LGBTQ teens and their look at “praying away the gay.” Available on Netflix August 3rd it is certainly a film that is going to stir the masses and leave many empowered, others irate and the rest ambivalent. And that’s exactly why it needs to be viewed.

The Neutral Ground
-a film documenting a fight to remove a Confederate statue in New Orleans. While this is an issue we’re still on the fence about we are most interested in seeing it for this reason. It just won Special Jury Mention for 2021 Albert Maysles Award for Best New Documentary Director at the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival

Night Drive
-a driver in Los Angeles picks up a fare from an alluring and mysterious stranger. The tag line alone has us quite interested: Light Traffic. Heavy S%$t.

Scenes From an Empty Church
-In a locked-down NYC, two priests open their church doors to those seeking salvation during the most isolating of times. Cannot like or endorse this movie enough. Please see it.

Catch the Fair One
-A former boxer embarks on the fight of her life when she goes in search of her missing sister. The film just won Josef Kubota Wladyka the title of Best New Narrative Director at the Tribeca Film Festival.

The First Step
-a unique verite dive into what it takes to reach across the aisles in these times of an extremely divided country and government. The film documents CNN correspondent Van Jones mostly and while that aspect has us a bit meh, the overall arc of the film is something we can get behind.

The Trees Remember
-spanning across 60 years, The Trees Remember is a series of compelling, reflective, and sometimes humorous short fiction films that feature black women of different ages growing and thriving in the outdoors. Director Angela Tucker is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker.

Lydia Lunch: The War is Never Over
-a deep dive into the life and work of the fearless punk musician Lydia Lynch. At its heart the film is a look into the late 1970s New York City music scene and that alone has our interest piqued.


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