FilmBuff’s May Movies on VOD

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FilmBuff’s May Movies on VOD
 

Below, please find a list of FilmBuff’s upcoming slate of May VOD releases. Additional information can also be found in this easily downloadable document.

SEX AFTER KIDS
Release Date: 5/2/14
Dir. Jeremy Lalonde
Comedy
USA, 105 mins
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This edgy ensemble comedy follows the sexual exploits of several couples as they navigate the world of parenthood and romance. Newlyweds with a newborn try to align their baby’s schedule and their libidos. An aloof single mom has a brother who insists that she should get back out in the world. A lesbian couple finds they don’t share the same child-rearing principles. A single dad grows tired of one-night stands. Recent empty nesters wonder if they can find the spark that brought them together. Raunchy and hilarious, “Sex After Kids” shows how relationships and ideals are put to the test with the question: Is it possible to have children and a sex life, and is it even worth it?
 
 
AN AFFAIR OF THE HEART
Release Date: 5/6/14
Dir. Sylvia Caminer
Documentary, Music
USA, 93 mins  
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Do you remember when you forgot about Rick Springfield? This is the story about the people who never did. Some may find the rabid devotion of Rick Springfield’s fans perplexing, but if his 17 Top 40 hits, including “Jessie’s Girl”, or his run on “General Hospital” as Dr. Noah Drake didn’t convince you, watching him blast out live performances with straight-on charisma and spontaneously dropping in on fans most certainly will. Somewhere in between the introvert plagued with lifelong depression and the 60-something extrovert who still performs 80 to 100 high-energy concerts a year, lies the real Rick Springfield. “An Affair of the Heart” is a fascinating look at celebrity culture and a soulful examination of the powerful connections that can be shared between fans and artist.
 
 
MADE IN INDIA
Release Date: 5/6/14
Dir. Rebecca Haimowitz and Vaishali Sinh
Documentary
USA, 95 mins
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This eye-opening doc explores the human experiences behind the growing phenomenon of “outsourcing” surrogate mothers to India. Weaving together personal stories within the context of a growing international industry, the film follows the journey of an infertile American couple, an Indian surrogate, and the reproductive outsourcing business that brings them together. “Made in India” reveals the complicated clash of reproductive technology, families in crisis, and choice from a global perspective.
 
 
CLUTTER
Release Date: 5/8/14
Dir. Diane Crespo
Drama
USA, 78 mins
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When a water stain on the Bradford family’s garage door is interpreted as an apparition of the Blessed Virgin, their house attracts the unwanted attention of the county health department, which gives the Bradfords a week to clean up their act or lose their home. Charlie Bradford (Joshua Leonard), an unemployed filmmaker in his 30s, is forced to bring together his eccentric and compulsive mother Linda (Carol Kane), his sister Lisa (Natasha Lyonne), a home health care aid who writes bad checks and shoplifts, and his younger sister Penny (Halley Feiffer), who is trying to overcome her agonizing shyness by starting a career as a home stager. As the family attempts to clear its clutter, long-buried resentment and grief begin to surface, forcing each of them to face what it is they value most in life. This quirky drama also stars Dan Hedaya and Kathy Najimy.
 
 
BOTTLED UP: THE BATTLE OVER DUBLIN DR. PEPPER
Release Date: 5/13/14
Dir. Drew Rist
Documentary, Food & Drink
USA, 76 mins
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For 120 years, Dublin Dr Pepper was manufactured in the small West Texas town of Dublin, with the soda’s original pure cane sugar formula spawning a cult-like following in the Lone Star State and across the globe. All that stopped when Dr Pepper Snapple Group filed a trademark lawsuit against the tiny soda bottling plant, causing an unceremonious end to a relationship that had endured for more than a century. This fascinating documentary chronicles the story of Dublin Bottling Works and co-owner Jeff Kloster, as they fight for their future while trying to hold onto their historic past.
 
 
DEVIL IN MY RIDE
Release Date: 5/13/14
Dir. Gary Michael Schultz
Comedy, Horror
USA, 92 mins
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Hank and Doreen’s dream wedding becomes less-than-perfect when Doreen’s loveable loser brother Travis shows up unexpectedly and gives her a gift to remember – a cursed locket that invites the devil into her soul. Now it’s up to Hank and Travis to save her before she’s possessed for eternity. With Doreen in tow, the mismatched pair embarks on a wild and unpredictable road trip from Chicago to Las Vegas in search of Johnny Priest, a homeless holy man and the last known exorcist in America. This wickedly funny chiller features horror legend Sid Haig.
 
 
GAHAN WILSON: BORN DEAD, STILL WEIRD
Release Date: 5/13/14
Dir. Steven-Charles Jaffe
Documentary
USA, 85 mins
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For over 50 years, cartoonist Gahan Wilson has been known for his ghoulish, twisted visions that combine horrific elements with comedy and politics. His  subversive cartoons have appeared in Playboy Magazine, The New Yorker, National Lampoon, The New York Times, Colliers, Look, and others. Capturing a behind-the-scenes look into the challenging life of a professional cartoonist, “Gahan Wilson: Born Dead, Still Weird” takes an intimate look at Wilson’s bizarre and personal inspirations, and his influence on the medium. Featuring interviews with comedians, filmmakers, fellow artists, and long-time admirers including Stephen Colbert, Bill Maher, Randy Newman, Guillermo Del Toro, Neil Gaiman, Stan Lee, Hugh M. Hefner, David Remnick, and more.
 
 
SIGN PAINTERS
Release Date: 5/13/14
Dir. Faythe Levine and Sam Macon
Documentary
USA, 80 mins
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As recently as the 1980s, storefronts, murals, banners, barn signs, billboards, and even street signs were all hand-lettered with brush and paint. But, like many skilled trades, the sign industry has been overrun by the techno-fueled promise of quicker and cheaper. Fortunately, there is a growing trend to seek out traditional sign painters and a renaissance in the trade. Featuring interviews with more than two dozen artists from across the United States, “Sign Painters” is the first film to explore the history of the time-honored craft of sign painting. Documenting these dedicated practitioners, their methods, and their appreciation for quality and craftsmanship, the film profiles sign painters young and old, from the new vanguard working solo to collaborative shops such as San Francisco’s New Bohemia Signs and New York’s Colossal Media’s Sky High Murals. 
 
Available on Amazon Instant Video, Vudu, Xbox, Playstation, and Google Play
 
 
DOUBLE PLAY: JAMES BENNING AND RICHARD LINKLATER
Release Date: 5/16/14
Dir. Gabe Klinger
Documentary
USA, 70 mins
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In 1985, filmmaker Richard Linklater began a film screening society in Austin, Texas, that aimed to show classic art-house and experimental films to a budding community of cinephiles and filmmakers. The Austin Film Society raised enough money to fly in their first out-of-town invitee, visionary experimental filmmaker James Benning. Accepting the invitation, Benning met Linklater and immediately the two began to develop a personal and intellectual bond, which has lasted through the present. After the cult success of “Slacker” (1991), Linklater has gone on to make award-winning big budget narrative films including “School of Rock” (2003), “Before Midnight” (2013) and “Boyhood” (2014). Benning, meanwhile, has stayed close to his modest roots and is mainly an unknown figure in mainstream film culture. Combining filmed conversations and archival material, “Double Play” explores the connections between the work and lives of these two American visionaries.
 
 
KIDS FOR CASH
Release Date: 5/20/14
Dir. Robert May
Documentary, Crime
USA, 102 mins
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3,000 kids. 1 judge. Millions of dollars. This riveting doc reveals the untold stories of a judicial scandal that rocked a nation and the chilling aftermath of the lives destroyed in the process. In the wake of the shootings at Columbine, a charismatic and celebrated Pennsylvania judge, hell-bent on keeping kids in line, ripped over 3,000 children from their families and imprisoned them for years for petty crimes, until one parent dared to question the motives behind his brand of justice. Charting the previously untold stories of the masterminds at the center of the scandal, “Kids for Cash” reveals a shocking American secret told from the perspectives of the villains, the victims and the unsung heroes who helped uncover the scandal.
 
 
FREQUENCIES
Release Date: 5/22/14
Dir. Darren Paul Fisher
Sci-Fi, Romance
United Kingdom, 105 mins
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What if physics determined the laws of attraction? In a parallel world where human frequencies determine luck, love, and destiny, Zak, a young college student, must overcome science in order to love Marie, who emits a different frequency than his own. In an attempt to make their love a reality, Zak experiments on the laws of nature, putting in danger the cosmic equilibrium of fate and everything he holds dear. This unique and experimental drama blends science fiction and romance to create a futuristic tale where love, science, and fate collide.
 
 
THE NEXT BLACK
Release Date: 5/22/2014
Dir. Phil Marthinsen
Documentary, Fashion, Tech
Sweden, 40 mins
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“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
 
 
BASTARDS OF YOUNG
Release Date: 5/27/14
Dir. Josiah Signor
Comedy, Drama
USA, 80 mins
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At 31, Jen realizes that she and husband Jesse married too young, and have grown too far apart. Jesse doesn’t see it that way: a connection like theirs comes along only once in a lifetime and he doesn’t want to squander it. He has one final chance to convince her, at the annual Halloween party thrown in Brooklyn by their old college friends Kevin and Julie (who, as it turns out, have drama and secrets of their own). “Bastards of Young” is a revealing look at the absurdities and complications of early adult life, posing the central question of creeping adulthood: Is the life we once imagined for ourselves still what we want?
 
 
FRENCH IMMERSION
Release Date: 5/27/14
Dir. Kevin Tierney
Comedy
Canada, 90 mins
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This hilarious contemporary comedy follows four Anglos from different parts of Canada, and one New Yorker, who come to St. Isidore-du-Coeur-de-Jésus, a remote town in Northern Québec, in order to learn French. Run by a wacky family and featuring a Director of Discipline with an iron fist, the program relies on one steadfast rule: no English! By the time the two weeks are up, neither the students nor the town will ever be the same.
 
Available on Amazon Instant Video
 
 
HELLO
Release Date: 5/27/14
Dir. John Helde
Short, Romance
USA, 19 mins
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When Max (Eric Stoltz), urged on by “Risk Management,” a self-help book for the hapless, decides to approach his fellow ferry-commuter Rory (Susanna Thompson), he hopes simply saying hello might change his life for the better. But Rory only accepts contact by contract. Max finds he can play along. As the two negotiate a whirlwind relationship on paper, Rory slowly lets down her guard; but when her unresolved personal life intervenes in the form of Donald (Kevin Tighe), Max must manage a little more risk than he bargained on.
 
Available on Amazon Instant Video
 
 
MARYAM
Release Date: 5/27/14
Dir. Ramen Serry
Family, Drama
USA, 90 mins
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In 1979, Mary, an Iranian-American teenager, pursues fun and romance in the suburbs. But her world is turned upside-down when her passionate, politically active cousin comes to live with the family at the same time that Americans are taken hostage in Iran. Based on actual events, “Maryam” offers a poignant look at prejudice and betrayal, in what was a tumultuous period for Iranians and Americans.
 
Available on Amazon Instant Video
 
 
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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