Independent films were once rare, obscure gems reserved for select theaters in big cities — but, alas, it's 2013 and times have changed!
Independent films were once rare, obscure gems reserved for select theaters in big cities — but, alas, it's 2013 and times have changed! Ahead of this Saturday's Film Independent Spirit Awards, which begins at 10:00 p.m. EST on the IFC channel, catch up on the best feature, best director, and best screenplay nominees on iTunes or Amazon Instant Video.
Digital high-definition copies of these artist-driven films can be rented (iTunes users have 30 days and Amazon rentals range from 24 to 72 hours) or bought, and viewed on a computer, tablet, or (if you're really dedicated) smartphone. Take a look at these independent titles that will tug at your heartstrings, make you laugh out loud, and provoke your thoughts, and then tell us your predictions for this year's Spirit Awards.
- Beasts of the Southern Wild — This fantastical bayou tale of a six-year-old girl with a wild imagination will move you. Available on Amazon ($4 to rent, $13 to buy).
- Moonrise Kingdom — The summer of 1965 changed the lives of two outcast twelve-year-olds who, off the coast of New England, run away into the wilderness. Available on iTunes ($5 to rent, $20 to buy) and Amazon ($1 to rent, $15 to buy).
Watch more indie films, including a movie from the directors of Little Miss Sunshine and a story starring one very handsome Gael Garcia Bernal.