Northwood Pie (2020) Likeable indie film with glimpses of Richard Linklater, Kevin Smith and Steve Tesich scripted Breaking Away. While not on that level, you legitimately care about the young characters as they try to find their way in life and their heartfelt conversations are where the film shines. While some of the comedy is broad, the budget shows at times, and the music doesn't touch a classic Linklater soundtrack, trust me when I tell you I've seen far, far worse films shot on 100 million. Actually inspirational that a quality film with convincing performances can be made on a mere 10K. Enjoyable, touching, and recommended.
Teacher (2019): Topnotch, seething indie film about a troubled teacher who crosses lines to protect his bullied students. Suspenseful throughout, you care about the characters and are caught up in it all. Add several real surprises and twists and you have an excellent film shot on pennies. Performances are all strong and ring true and Kevin Pollak is a great heel. Bravo. Don't miss it.
Fourteen (2020)- Brooklyn Millenial friends since teenagers- a teacher's aide and a social worker- find as adults that they are now growing apart. A powerful and truly beautiful indie film that rings true and comes with my highest recommendation; one of the best films of the year. I am always impressed and moved by Art being created on a shoestring and this embodies just that.
From the great Richard Linklater (Boyhood, "Before trilogy"), you couldn't ask for more deeply moving performances from Bryan Cranston who steals it, Laurence Fishburne, Steve Carell and a cameo from the iconic Cicely Tyson. 3 Vietnam war vets reunite to bury a broken Carell's son. Don't miss it.