While some of us remember the pre-Netflix days, and the anxiety of picking the perfect movie at some rusty booth where you had to scroll for hours through all the synopses, it's hard to imagine movie consumption without this streaming platform today — what would we do without Netflix? Just chill? Let's be real.
But Netflix isn't just content to be keeping us up at night with countless hours of shows. It's been slowly developing its movie development strategy, collaborating with a number of filmmakers and studios as a distributor and/or producer. According to Deadline, the platform recently put an emphasis on indie projects, acquiring movies for a total of about $2 million. Part of this deal are the three following projects, and while only the first one has a release date, the second one is expected to come out later this year.
Rebirth, July 15
The trailer was released just a few days ahead of the release on Netflix, and the premise is pretty simple: Fran Kranz plays Kyle, a man seemingly stuck in the same endless routine until he stumbles upon an old friend, who introduces him to a mysterious ritual called "Rebirth." Unsurprisingly, the program isn't as beautifully revelatory as it promised.
The Most Hated Woman In America
The Most Hated Woman In America is based on the story of Madalyn Murray O'Hair, the American atheist activist who fought for the separation of the Church and the state, most notably in the Murray v. Curlett case that ultimately ruled against Bible reading at school. It was Life magazine who referred to her as "the most hated woman in America" in 1964, shortly after she'd founded the American Atheists association.
Melissa Leo is playing the role of Murray, and Juno Temple is starring as her granddaughter Robin. An American Crime and Ella Enchanted director Tommy O'Haver is writing and directing.
An Untitled Electronic Music Project
Netflix has also reportedly invested in an as-of-yet untitled project involving electronic music and Modern Family's Sarah Hyland. At the helm of this mysterious film will be creative studio Walter Robot, for whom the work with Netflix will be their first feature-length film. The studio has specialized in music videos since it was founded in 2007, winning the Audience Award for Best Music Video at the 2009 Los Angeles Film Festival for Death Cab for Cutie's "Grapevine Fires" (above).
You Can Already Watch 6 Years And Manson Family Vacation
Previously released movies from Netflix's indie initiative include 6 Years, a romantic coming-of-age drama starring Taissa Farmiga (from The Final Girls and The Bling Ring) and Ben Rosenfield (who appeared in Boardwalk Empire and A Most Violent Year). They both deliver touching performances that confirm them as indie talents to watch.
Last but not least, Manson Family Vacation also came out at the end of last year: This thriller is based on the real-life story of the Manson Family, a criminal community lead by Charles Manson in the '60s.
Do you enjoy Netflix's new foray into indie movies?