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Independent Movies to Stream

By Sharon Weinberg

Enjoy some independent movies that you can watch using our streaming platforms, Hoopla or Kanopy.

  • Bride and Prejudice

    2005 by Chadha, Gurinder

    This smart reworking of Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" done Bollywood style has plenty of wonderful music and dancing and a great time-tested plot. I confess to multiple viewings over the years. Available from Hoopla.

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  • Sophie and the Rising Sun

    2017

    If you are a fan of romantic WWII period pieces, here is a movie to spend some time with. An injured stranger arrives in a small South Carolina town, and his mysterious circumstance causes all types of speculation. Another reason to watch is the reliable Margo Martindale, who has a very satisfying supporting role. Available from Hoopla and Kanopy.

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  • That's the Way I Like It

    1999

    Let's go retro via Singaporean filmmaker Glen Goei and his offbeat sendup to the iconic movie Saturday Night Fever. A Bruce Lee superfan discovers disco and enters a local competition, with Bruce Lee and John Travolta's Tony Manero as his imaginary coaches. Boogie down! Available from Hoopla.

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  • Echo In The Canyon

    2019

    Have a look at the music scene in Laurel Canyon, CA, in the mid-1960s with its perfect storm of creativity. Jakob Dylan interviews several musicians who were part of the folk rock beginnings as well as others influenced by their collaborations. The anecdotes are amusing and sometimes surprising. Plus, I love the new versions of classic songs. The movie soundtrack is on Hoopla and the doc is available from Kanopy.

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  • Inch'Allah Dimanche

    2016

    Set in 1974, Zouina leaves her homeland Algeria with her three children to join her husband in France, where he has been working for 10 years. The filmmaker based the screenplay on her own recollections of the time, looking at one immigration story with a blend of drama, comedy and adventure. Zouina is a hero, as far as I am concerned. See if you agree. Available from Kanopy.

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  • The Last Black Man in San Francisco

    2020

    Gentrification, family, identity, and how to find your place in a rapidly changing city. These are just a few of the thought-provoking themes explored by Joe Talbot and Jimmie Fails in their gorgeous breakout indie favorite. Available from Kanopy.

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  • Logan Lucky

    2019

    Steven Soderbergh made this fun heist film outside the studio system, so he could have creative control as well as oversee the distribution. Without a big Hollywood budget to promote the release, it flew under the radar. But it is a gem. Keep your eye on Daniel Craig. He is a hoot playing a part totally opposite from his James Bond persona. Available from Hoopla.

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  • The Second Mother

    2017

    Val is a longtime live-in domestic for a wealthy family. When Jessica, her estranged daughter, comes for a short stay, Jessica manages to subvert the household's established rules and social norms. A movie with much to say about class inequality in Brazil, the filmmaker got inspiration from her own life experiences. Available from Kanopy.

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  • The Two Horses of Genghis Khan

    2017

    This beautifully photographed documentary follows Urna Chahar-Tugchi, a professional singer, as she journeys to Outer Mongolia for a promise made to her grandmother. She will try to restore a cherished horse-head violin and find lost verses of the song that was once visible on the violin's neck. It is a musical quest like you have never seen before. Available from Kanopy.

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