Indie Fresh List

Indie Fresh List: The Wolf of Snow Hollow, The Forty-Year-Old Version, and More

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

by | October 8, 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 werewolf horror-comedy, a black-and-white comedy, and a drama about a young boy who joins a dirt bike gang. In our Spotlight Section, we bring have a new horror film from the folks behind Get Out, and in our indie trailer section, we have new trailers from films featuring Tom HanksChristopher Abbott, and Aubrey Plaza.


New This Weekend 

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After several shorts, writer-director Jim Cummings traveled across the global festival circuit with the feature-length adaptation of his award-winning short Thunder Road and earned rave reviews. Returning to theaters this week with The Wolf of Snow Hollow, Cummings brings another dark comedy with the added bonus of blood and carnage. Cummings plays a small-town police officer striving to quell the paranoia that is wreaking havoc on his quiet community, when a string of unexplained murders point to a supernatural predator that only appears every full moon. According to Grant Hermanns of ComingSoon.net, “Cummings has crafted a darkly hilarious, uniquely offbeat and wonderfully engrossing monster whodunnit.”

Screening in select theaters and streaming on VOD.

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After taking home the Best Director Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, writer-director Radha Blank staked her claim as a talent to watch. In her hilarious and brilliantly authentic debut, The Forty-Year-Old Version, Blank shines both in front of and behind the camera. Cut from the same cloth as Robert Townsend‘s seminal indie feature Hollywood Shuffle, the former playwright similarly fires precision barbs at the hypocrisy of white gatekeepers in entertainment. Blank pulls no punches with white producers who muddle and meddle with authentic representation on screen and stage, placing Black creatives in the unenviable position of choosing between success and staying true to themselves. In a black-and-white semi-autobiographical tale, the New York native goes back to her hip-hop roots and re-invents herself as Radamus Prime, a fire MC who raps about the comedic struggles of middle age. “Vulnerable but vibrant… The 40-Year-Old Version is an ode to Black Harlem, fearlessness, and the art of putting yourself on,” writes Aramide Tinubu of Shadow & Act.

Streaming October 9th on Netflix.

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Imagine gritty Baltimore crime series The Wire but put it on two wheels, and you can quickly grasp the vibe of Charm City KingsJahi Di’Allo Winston stars as Mouse, a teen desperate to join the Midnight Clique, an infamous group of Baltimore dirt-bike riders who rule the summertime streets. Produced by Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith, the urban thriller follows Mouse as he makes dangerous decisions to the dismay of his mother (Teyonah Parris) and his police officer pseudo father figure (William Catlett). Filmed like an urban drama inspired by a ’90s hip-hop aesthetic, Angel Manuel Soto’s sophomore effort “distinguishes itself from similar fare not just through its location and eye-popping bikes but also with the believably imperfect people that populate it,” according to Carlos Aguilar for the AV Club.

 Available to stream now on HBO Max.

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Streaming now – Spotlight Pick

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Blumhouse continues to lead the way as a studio dedicated to supporting the Black horror renaissance they kicked off with Jordan Peele’s Get Out. Black Box, one of four feature films they produced in partnership with Amazon Prime, is our Spotlight Pick this week. Star Mamoudou Athie follows his impressive performance in Uncorked from earlier this summer with a cautionary horror tale about disability and the lengths we go to for our family. Athie plays a single father who undergoes an agonizing experimental treatment in an effort to restore his memory, but afterward begins to question his reality and who he thinks he really is; he’s joined by Phylicia Rashad in a riveting, outside-the-box performance. Preston Barta of Fresh Fiction writes Black Box… takes the concept of fractured realities and the quest for truth and molds them into a terror-filled creation with a pulse.”

 Available to stream now 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=771512524 tmeter=true], about a young Hollywood assistant to a predatory producer who struggles when presented with daily evidence of his abuse of women.[/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=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=771517527 tmeter=true], an in-depth documentary about trans performers on screen.[/movie_link_apple]
[movie_link_apple id=771512204 tmeter=true], a documentary about an impressive group competing at the National Slam Poetry contest.[/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=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=771517661 tmeter=true], a powerful documentary about LGBTQ+ rights in the conservative nation of Chechnya.[/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


Black Bear

Christopher Abbott and Aubrey Plaza star in a mind-bending dark comedy that examines the blurred lines between artist and art.


News of the World

Tom Hanks reteams with Captain Phillips director Paul Greengrass for an epic journey across the heartland.


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