Indie Fresh List

Indie Fresh List: The Trial of the Chicago 7, David Byrne's American Utopia, and S#!%house

Check out the latest Fresh indie releases, including what's in theaters, what's on VOD, and what's coming soon.

by | October 15, 2020 | Comments

Join us weekly as Rotten Tomatoes reports on what’s indie features are streaming. From promising releases by new voices to experimental efforts from storied filmmakers – or perhaps the next indie darling to go the distance for end-of-year accolades – we will break it all down for you here each week.


This week in our Indie Fresh List, we have a coming-of-age rom-com, a concert documentary about David Byrne, and a powerful courtroom drama from Aaron Sorkin about the 1968 riots at the Democratic national convention. In our Spotlight Section, we have a new black-and-white documentary about incarcerationand in our indie trailer section, we have new trailers featuring Henry GoldingRachel BrosnahanGlenn Close, and Amy Adams.


New This Weekend 

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Aaron Sorkin is back with his second directorial feature, a courtroom drama that retells the raucous and at times ridiculous Trial of the Chicago 7. The 1968 democratic convention was a powder keg before it even convened, as counter-culture icons like Abbie Hoffman and Jerry Rubin and anti-war protesters like Tom Hagen all descended on Chicago looking to protest what they felt was the abandonment of ideals with the nomination of Hubert Humprey, a vocal supporter of the Vietnam war. Touting a jaw-dropping cast of talents including Eddie Redmayne, Sacha Baron Cohen, Frank Langella, Jeremy Strong, and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Sorkin’s signature writing style is delivered with passion and humor. “Sorkin, who’s unmatched in his ability to write debates and speeches, manages to freshen up those old benches, robes, and gavels.” writes Johnny Oleksinski of The New York Post.

Playing select theaters and available to stream October 16 on Netflix.

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A new take on a wild night of romance, Shithouse is a touching love story about a lonely college freshman desperate for connection who attends a frat party as a last-ditch effort to make new friends. Cooper Raiff wrote, directed, produced, and stars in his directorial debut, which was slated to premiere at the South by Southwest film festival. Despite the cancellation, Shithouse took home the top Jury Prize in the Narrative Feature section. “Those who dismiss the film based on its title alone may miss out on a deeply affecting and profound portrayal of late adolescence which pays tribute to the coming-of-age tradition even as it forges new emotional pathways,” writes Joel Mayward of Cinemayward.

Playing select theaters October 16. 

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Spike Lee and David Byrne have joined forces to produce one of the greatest concert documentaries ever set to film. Byrne, the frontman of The Talking Heads, transformed his hit Broadway show American Utopia into a one-of-a-kind concert experience. Assembling a band of world-renowned musicians, he yet again proves why he is one of the most captivating and inventive musicians of our generation. Surprisingly heartfelt for a concert film, “American Utopia is just the kind of healing, inspiring balm that the audience needs right now. It arrives like an unexpected answer to an unspoken prayer,” writes Ann Hornaday of The Washington Post.

Available to stream October 17th on HBO Max.

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Spotlight Pick

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Fox Rich has had one goal for the past 20 years: to see the release of her husband Rob G. Rich from prison. In our spotlight selection this week we have a Sundance Film Festival award-winning documentary that chronicles the human cost of mass incarceration, highlighting the inequities of who can truly find justice in our current system. Directed by Garrett Bradley, Time follows Rich as she tirelessly works to free her husband, incorporating home videos and private moments to drive home the message. Time is “heartbreaking and passionate,” according to Alissa Wilkinson of Vox, and a “chronicle of love deferred and the life that hope can provide.”

 Available to stream October 16 on Amazon Prime.

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Along with…
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[movie_link_apple id=771534136 tmeter=true], a documentary that examines the fight against voter disenfranchisement.[/movie_link_apple]
[movie_link_apple id=771511898 tmeter=true], a dark rom-com about a sickly girl who falls for the town screw-up.[/movie_link_apple]
[movie_link_apple id=771521846 tmeter=true], a thriller about a girl left alone who must battle escaped convicts when they invade her vacation home.[/movie_link_apple]
[movie_link_apple id=771514802 tmeter=true], a drama about two childhood friends who are torn apart by gang violence.[/movie_link_apple]
[movie_link_apple id=771534791 tmeter=true], a thriller about a widower recovering from a traumatic brain injury who undergoes experimental treatment.  [/movie_link_apple]
[movie_link_apple id=771522227 tmeter=true], a rom-com about an aimless twenty-something who creates an art exhibit to showcase items from past relationships as a means to find closure.[/movie_link_apple]
[movie_link_apple id=771517665 tmeter=true], a drama about a young man who is seduced by the Baltimore street bike community.[/movie_link_apple]
[movie_link_apple id=771517527 tmeter=true], an in-depth documentary about trans performers on screen.[/movie_link_apple]
[movie_link_apple id=771505272 tmeter=true], a comedy about a group of teens who head to the woods for a nature hike, and hijinks ensue.[/movie_link_apple]
[movie_link_apple id=771517664 tmeter=true], about a middle aged playwright who looks to re-invent herself by returning to her hip hop roots. [/movie_link_apple]
[movie_link_apple id=771517656 tmeter=true], a documentary about the lawyers who work on landmark cases at the Supreme Court for the ACLU.[/movie_link_apple]
[movie_link_apple id=771520518 tmeter=true], a comedy about a failed thirtysomething writer travels back to her alma mater trying to relive former glory.[/movie_link_apple]
[movie_link_apple id=771517033 tmeter=true], an intimate documentary on Civil Rights icon and politician John Lewis.[/movie_link_apple]
[movie_link_apple id=771512519 tmeter=true], about a trans woman who goes to extreme lengths to avoid deportation. [/movie_link_apple]
[movie_link_apple id=771517673 tmeter=true], a drama about a former beauty queen who looks to recapture her glory through her rebellious daughter’s own pageant run.[/movie_link_apple]
[movie_link_apple id=771511899 tmeter=true], a visceral Holocaust drama about a young orphan’s journey through the grim events of World War II.[/movie_link_apple]
[movie_link_apple id=771517757 tmeter=true], a documentary about an artist who develops an unexpected friendship with one of the men who stole some of her paintings.[/movie_link_apple]
[movie_link_apple id=771501921 tmeter=true], a biopic about famed scientist Madame Curie.[/movie_link_apple]
[movie_link_apple id=771517617 tmeter=true], a horror film centered on three generations of women as the elder matriarch suffers from Alzheimer’s.[/movie_link_apple]
[movie_link_apple id=771519151 tmeter=true], about an Ethiopian filmmaker who heads home from school to find his community is unrecognizable. [/movie_link_apple]
[movie_link_apple id=771521401 tmeter=true], a thriller about a pair of couples who discover they’re under surveillance while vacationing at a seaside rental.[/movie_link_apple]
[movie_link_apple id=771512683 tmeter=true], a drama about a former boxer who is pushed to the darker side of the Irish mob.[/movie_link_apple]
[movie_link_apple id=771506759 tmeter=true], about a girl and her father who live nomadic lives out of their van.[/movie_link_apple]
[movie_link_apple id=771514121 tmeter=true], a period drama about a reclusive author who is charged with a ward during WWII.[/movie_link_apple]
[movie_link_apple id=771511363 tmeter=true], a French dramedy about an aging star actress and her relationship with her daughter.[/movie_link_apple]
[movie_link_apple id=771534762 tmeter=true], a comedy about two former best friends who cross state lines to terminate an unwanted pregnancy.[/movie_link_apple]
[movie_link_apple id=771504523 tmeter=true], a sci-fi thriller about a young ham radio operator and a local DJ who hear a strange radio transmission.[/movie_link_apple]
[movie_link_apple id=771517273 tmeter=true], an eye-opening doc about Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda’s improv hip-hop group.[/movie_link_apple]
[movie_link_apple id=771535332 tmeter=true], a dark comedy-thriller about a Sheriff who appears to be the only person not convinced the town is being terrorized by a werewolf.[/movie_link_apple]
[movie_link_apple id=771504650 tmeter=true], a horror-comedy about a family of con-artists who tries to sell zombie bites to strangers as a fountain of youth.[/movie_link_apple]


New Indie Trailers


Monsoon

Henry Golding (Crazy Rich Asians) plays a young man who returns home to Vietnam after years away, only to feel like a stranger in his home country.


Hearts and Bones

Hugo Weaving plays an ailing war photographer who strikes up an unlikely friendship with a South Sudanese refugee he once photographed.


Hillbilly Elegy

Glenn Close and Amy Adams play mother and daughter in a drama adapted from J.D. Vance’s acclaimed memoir about his life growing up in poverty-stricken Appalachia.


I’m Your Woman

Rachel Brosnahan (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) plays the wife of a gangster who goes missing in Julia Hart’s (Fast Color) new crime drama.


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