The struggle is real when it comes to finding decent viewing options for Independent films. But hey, it's 2018 and we're moving on up in the world. The Tower Theatre in Uptown OKC is showing Indie films before any of the major theatre chains, and here at the library, we're offering our customers a great streaming media service called Kanopy.
Kanopy allows you to access thousands of films, including great Indie cinema, documentaries, educational films. All these films are accessible with your library card, web browser, iOS, Android, Apple TV, or Roku device. You're allowed to checkout up to six titles per month. To help you get started, here's a list of four highly recommended Indie films.
2 Days in Paris
The City of Love holds a special place in many people's hearts. So what better way for a couple on the ropes to visit this romantic city for a holiday? After having a hellacious time with food poisoning in Venice, Jack and Marion set their sights on making Paris the destination that will reignite their love for each other. This rom-com delves into the cross-cultural hilarities of both American and French cultures by providing a witty look into life in the French capital.
Although released in 1992, this film portrays Nazi skinhead culture in suburban Melbourne, Australia. Displeased when Vietnamese immigrants buy a local pub in the neighborhood, the skinheads decide to take violent action against them. Bleak and brutal, this film isn't for the faint of heart. However, it will give the viewer a no-holds barred look into the destructive lives of those who hate.
Set in Los Angeles, before and after the 1992 LA Riots, Gook provides a glimpse into the not-so-glamorous LA that we rarely see in film. Brothers, Eli and Daniel are Korean-American teenagers, who work in their father's shoe store in a predominantly African-American neighborhood. The brothers develop an unlikely friendship with a young girl named Kamila, who is black. These three experience racism on a daily basis in different ways, but develop stronger bonds after frighteningly living through the riots.
God's Own Country
This film is garnering excellent reviews and scored a 99% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, a film and TV review aggregate website. Based in the English countryside, Johnny is tasked to caring for the family farm after his father and grandmother fall ill. In his effort to combat loneliness, Johnny turns to alcohol and furtive sexual encounters until he meets Gheorghe, a migrant worker from Romania. This encounter leads Johnny to blaze a different path in one that includes love.