FilmBuff’s June Movies on VOD

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Monday June 2nd, 2014
 
 
 
FilmBuff’s June Movies on VOD
 

Below, please find a list of FilmBuff’s upcoming slate of June VOD releases. Additional information can also be found in this easily downloadable document.
 
For further details on all of this month’s programming, to set up filmmaker interviews, or request screeners for review, please contact [email protected].
  
  
 
356 DAYS: A YEAR IN HAPPY VALLEY
Release Date: 6/3/2014
Dir. Erik Proulx
Documentary, Sports
USA, 99 mins
Watch trailer here
 
Depicting a year in the life of a small town caught in the center of a high profile scandal, “365: A Year in Happy Valley” chronicles the aftermath of the Sandusky trial, following the Penn State and State College community as it moves on from the events of November 2011. Exploring the trial, the behavior of the media, and how the events thrust the community into the national spotlight, this powerful documentary showcases how the school, students, and locals are rising above it all to create a community worth celebrating, showcasing the strength and resolve of those who live in and cherish what is known as “Happy Valley.”
 
 
THE NEXT BLACK
Release Date: 6/3/2014
Dir. Phil Marthinsen
Documentary, Fashion, Tech
Sweden, 40 mins
Watch trailer here
 
“The Next Black” is a fascinating exploration of the future of fashion, profiling forward-thinking companies who are at the forefront of redefining how and what we wear. Looking at some of the biggest issues that face the clothing industry today and looking ahead to tomorrow, this illuminating documentary goes behind-the-scenes with companies breaking technological boundaries, including Patagonia; tech-clothing giants, StudioXO; sportswear icon, adidas; and Yeh Group company, who have developed a new way to dye clothes using zero water. From sustainable garments to wearable technology, “The Next Black” envisions a future built on innovation and nature.
 
Available for free on iTunes, Playstation, Amazon Instant Video, Google Play, Vudu, and Hulu
 
 
BURT’S BUZZ
Release Date: 6/6/2014
Dir. Jody Shapiro
Documentary
USA, 140 min
Watch trailer here
 
Available Same Day as Theaters. “Burt’s Buzz” takes an intimate look at the world of Burt Shavitz, the face and co-founder of Burt’s Bees, exploring his fascinating and unique life. Wise and wry, ornery and opinionated, the reclusive Shavitz is committed to living off the land and keeping true to his humble beginnings despite his celebrity status. The film chronicles Burt’s life as a photographer, beekeeper, and brand spokesman, following his complicated relationship with the company, his fans, and the world around him. Exposing the collision between business and personal values, “Burt’s Buzz” is a compelling and fascinating portrait of this highly idiosyncratic pioneer, and a revealing study of what it means to be a living icon.
 
 
TEST
Release Date: 6/6/2014
Dir. Chris Mason Johnson
Drama
USA, 89 min
Watch Trailer here
 
Set in the free-spirited San Francisco of 1985 in the early years of the AIDS epidemic, “Test” follows young aspiring dancer Frankie (dancer Scott Marlowe in his acting debut) as he confronts the challenges of being an understudy in a modern dance company where he’s taunted to “dance like a man!” Frankie embarks on a budding relationship with hunky Todd (Matthew Risch, HBO’s “Looking”), a veteran dancer in the same company and the bad boy to Frankie’s naiveté. As Frankie and Todd’s friendship deepens, they navigate a world of risk, but also a world of hope, humor, visual beauty, and musical relief. Featuring captivating dance sequences especially choreographed for the film by acclaimed U.S. choreographer Sidra Bell.
 
 
GRANNY’S GOT GAME
Release Date: 6/10/2014
Dir. Angela Alford
Documentary, Sport
USA, 74 min
Watch trailer here
 
“Granny’s Got Game” is an inspiring look at a senior women’s basketball team in North Carolina. With a roster of players well into their seventies, these fiercely competitive women battle physical limitations, cut-throat competition, and social stigma to keep doing what they love, while overcoming the skepticism of their peers. Following the team for a yearlong season culminating in a trip to the National Senior Games Championship, this heartwarming film is an uplifting tale of overcoming life’s obstacles, proving that the love of the game is something that can be embraced at any age.
 
 
ALCHEMY
Release Date: 6/17/2014
Dir. Suzanne Myers
Drama
USA, 86 min
Watch trailer here
 
“Alchemy” chronicles the emotional and creative life of a young artist as she attempts to find a place for herself in the world around her. Accepting a position at a month-long artists’ retreat, Louisa is confronted with heartbreak, self-discovery, and love, as she grows as a woman and as an artist.
 
Available only on Amazon Instant Video
 
 
MY MOTHER’S IDEA
Release Date: 6/17/2014
Dir. Maria Finitzo
Documentary, Comedy
USA, 47 min
Watch trailer here
 
“My Mother’s Idea” is a unique and compelling documentary that chronicles the lives of two dancers and their teachers at one of the most renowned ballet schools in the country. Director Maria Finitzo uses archival footage and interviews of family and former students, revealing the power the teachers had, and the profound impact their teaching – about dance and life – had on the lives of their students.
 
Available only on Amazon Instant Video
 
 
OJ: THE MUSICAL
Release Date: 6/17/2014
Dir. Jeff Rosenberg
Comedy
USA, 90 min
Watch trailer here
 
Eugene Olivier is an eccentric theater artist living in NYC, where he has spent the last 10 years of his life putting on various musicals to rave reviews. With little thought and no preparation, Eugene decides to move to Los Angeles, surprising his two best friends from childhood, offering them the chance to work with him on a new show. Struggling to find his creative muse, Eugene has a moment of inspiration: he will stage an OJ Simpson-inspired musical version of Shakespeare’s “Othello.” “OJ: The Musical” is a wacky and hilarious mockumentary about a musical misfit who comes to realize that it may not be as easy as he thought to stage the next great American musical.
 
 
WIREY SPINDELL
Release Date: 6/17/2014
Dir. Eric Shaeffer
Comedy
USA, 101 min
Watch trailer here
 
A semi-autobiographical tale of Eric Schaeffer, who, as Wirey Spindell, is seeing a marriage counselor with his future wife because he is nervous about his upcoming wedding. Together, they remember some of Wirey’s life and the sexual misadventures of his youth. “Wirey Spindell” is a whimsical look at love, sex, and relationships, seen through the eyes of an unforgettable character.
 
Available only on Amazon Instant Video
 
 
CAUCUS
Release Date: 6/24/2014
Dir. AJ Schnack
Documentary
USA, 104 min
Watch trailer here
 
For the past 40 years, the race for the American Presidency has begun in the state of Iowa, where candidates spend months traveling the state’s 99 counties hoping to win its “first-in-the-nation” vote and prove they are viable candidates. “Caucus” goes behind the scenes of the 2011-2012 campaign in Iowa as eight Republicans fight to become their party’s standard-bearer and take on Barack Obama. A never-before-seen look at an unforgettable political season, the film re-introduces viewers to the remarkable and unorthodox GOP field with special focus on former Senator Rick Santorum and the charismatic Congresswoman and self-proclaimed Tea Party leader Michele Bachmann. “Caucus” is an intimate, emotional, and often funny postmortem on the 2012 campaign, and a glimpse at the challenges that the Republican Party finds itself still facing a year later.
 
 
HUNGRY
Release Date: 6/24/2014
Dirs. Barry Rothbart, Jeff Cerulli
Documentary, Food
USA, 83 min
Watch trailer here
 
How many hot dogs could you eat in 10 minutes? Follow the jaw-dropping exploits of several competitive eaters, including the world famous Takeru Kobayashi, known for his six consecutive wins at the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog-Eating Contest in Coney Island. After a contract dispute with Major League Eating, the organization that holds a veritable monopoly on the sport, Kobayashi is banned from their events, but fights back to restore his tarnished reputation. 
 
 
THE INTERNET’S OWN BOY
Release Date: 6/27/2014
Dir. Brian Knappenberger
Documentary, Tech
USA, 105 min
Watch trailer here
 
Available Same Day as Theaters. Aaron Swartz’s online presence and influence was groundbreaking. From helping develop internet protocol RSS to his work as a co-founder of Reddit, the programming prodigy helped shape the digital landscape we all use today. Chronicling his pioneering efforts crusading for open access and free speech and the resulting legal nightmare and tragedy that ensued, “The Internet’s Own Boy” is a dynamic and moving portrait of a brilliant tech millionaire who renounced the values of Silicon Valley startup culture and used technology to tirelessly fight for social justice, no matter what the cost.
 
 
Unless otherwise noted, the films above are available on iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Movies on Demand and everywhere else you get the best films on demand.
 
For further information about these films or for interview & screener requests, please contact [email protected]. To learn more about our films visit www.FilmBuff.com and connect @filmbuff.
 

 
 

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