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Today’s Watch Online for Free spotlight is An Intervention by director/writer Dan Eden, a comedic “mockumentary about a woman throwing her ex an intervention.”

The movie features Katie Binkley, Kara Brinkman, Kaitlin Eden, Kini Hudson, Jeremy M. Eden, Kevin Kirchman, and the director himself, Dan Eden as a documentarian within the movie.

Official Description: Chelsea Bledsoe and her husband Graig throw a surprise intervention for her old high school boyfriend, Henry, with a mismatched group of acquaintances from back in the day to fill out the guest list. (Source: IMDB)

The comedy was fully improvised and impressively shot over just two days. The movie was distributed online from Indie Rights Movies.

You can watch the An Intervention trailer here, then head over and watch the full movie for free on Tubi TV.

Last month we spotlighted three documentaries from Indie Rights Movies that you can watch online for free, but the indie film distribution company has a lot more genres of movies to watch for free. Today let’s take a look at three of their crime flicks.

May I Kill U?
Official Description: A Banksy-style vigilante cycles round London killing scumbags. In their last moments, filmed and posted on social media, they agree to die: WTF! Is this a hoaxer? Hero? Or psycho? (YouTube)
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S’ids Lake
Official Description: After appearing to kill a teenage girl, Sid, a scarred up boy since birth, creates an alter ego of a handsome confident boy to protect himself from accusations. (YouTube)
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The Cain Complex
Official Description: Mateo suffers from PTSD and is prone to hallucinations. He is alone when his home is invaded by four heavily-armed, masked men. With his wife and children due back within hours, this all makes for one hellish night of mental and physical combat. (YouTube)
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The past two weeks, the independent film and TV distributor Indie Rights Movies have opened the floodgates of their expansive movie catalog on YouTube. And many more movies of all genres are scheduled to premiere on the platform over the next two months. Included in the mix of movies released have been more than 20 documentaries (click here for a playlist of docs). We’re spotlighting three that stand out in the crowd…

The Town That Loved Bigfoot
Official Description: This down-home documentary chronicles the struggles of a sleepy town in Alabama as it’s sparked back to life by embracing local lore and learning to love Bigfoot. (YouTube)
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Halloween In A Box
Official Description: Hear the story behind beloved Halloween costume manufacturer Ben Cooper Inc. Learn about the Star Wars license, the Batman license and the potential Spiderman cover-up! (YouTube)
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I Want To Believe
Official Description: A thrilling study of the UFO phenomenon and the people who dedicate their lives to it. (YouTube)
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My favorite genre of indie films is horror. I always love seeing how inventive filmmakers can be with lower budgets. How will they scare us? Director Mark W. Curran chatted with us about his horror flick Abandoned Dead, which stars horror icon Judith O’Dea from my favorite indie horror flick of all time, Night of the Living Dead.

Who?
It was written, produced and directed by me, Mark W. Curran. It stars scream queen Sarah Nicklin (Sins of Dracula) and Judith O’Dea (Night of the Living Dead). Supporting characters include a creepy caretaker played by Chris Parker and the main antagonist is a psychopathic doctor. This was my first feature film. I shot it in 2015. It was picked up by Gravitas Releasing and enjoyed a US and Canadian release on the streaming platforms. It was then picked up by Indie Rights for the re-release last year, which is the color-enhanced ‘Director’s Cut.’

What?
Abandoned Dead tells the tale of a security guard, trapped in a run-down inner-city medical clinic and terrorized by supernatural forces which threaten to overtake her. It also touches on loneliness, alienation and the fallout from childhood abuse.

Where?
It was filmed in scattered locations around LA, but the main part of the movie was actually filmed in an old medical clinic in Artesia. It was really a creepy place. I think there were rats in the attic. Sometimes late at night some of the crew said they saw ghosts. I didn’t see any, but I suppose that doesn’t mean they aren’t there!

When?
We made it in 2015 and it was released in 2016. We shot it on weekends over a 6-week period. We had a very small cast and crew. All of the people on the set with the exceptions of the lead actresses were working on their first feature.

Why?
I’ve made some short films and shot some commercials and always wanted to do a feature. Having worked as a security guard when I was younger, I’d experienced some odd and scary things, namely on double shifts late at night walking through abandoned buildings my mind would play tricks on me. I always thought it would be cool to write it into a movie, and when the location became available to shoot in, I wrote the script based on some of those experiences.

How?
You can watch Abandoned Dead for free on Tubi TV. Click the link below or search on the app for “Abandoned Dead.”

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In the past we have spotlighted the trailer for Gabriel Rhenals’ For My Sister, a drama that focuses on depression and tragedy, and it is also apart of our #IndieFilm100 series on Twitter. We talked to the writer/director about his debut feature film and the process of putting it all together.

Who? 
I, Gabriel Rhenals, am the writer, producer, director, cinematographer and editor of my debut feature, For My Sister. I’m an award-winning, independent filmmaker based in Miami, Florida.

The central protagonist of the film is Evie Sorella, a young woman desperate to save her sister Tris from the grips of a serious and worsening depression. Evie is played by the staggeringly talented Stephanie Maltez, who I’d collaborated with before on two short films. The rest of the principal cast includes Cristina De Fatima (as Tris Sorella), Natalie Ramirez, William Guevara and Mireya Kilmon. The film also boasts an assortment of spectacular supporting players, nearly all hailing locally from South Florida. [Distributor] Indie Rights was responsible for securing the film’s present home on Amazon Prime Video and Tubi.

What?
For My Sister is about mental illness, its societal stigma and the testing of a sisterly bond. The story was inspired by my own personal experience with mental health issues and those of others I know. Miami-Dade County, where I live, has the highest percentage of people living with severe mental illness than any other urban area in the U.S. As such, I was compelled to make the film as much out of a moral duty than a purely artistic inclination.

Where? 
For My Sister takes place in a nameless city but the film was produced throughout Miami, Florida. The various locations were approached in guerrilla filmmaking fashion and included several apartments, a hospital, a university, an office building, a cemetery and the city’s rail-transit system. I feel the considerable number of locations add to the scope of the main character’s odyssey and gives the film an elaborate and unique Miami signature.  

When?
The script for For My Sister was written during the summer of 2018 and production began immediately after the script’s completion in fall 2018. Production lasted eight months with filming taking place primarily on weekends to accommodate the schedules of the actors involved. Filming wrapped in spring 2019. The post-production period was unusually brief as most of the editing was performed during the weekdays between the weekend shoot dates throughout the production schedule.

For My Sister was premiered at Coral Gables Art Cinema on June 29th, 2019. It was a well-attended premiere (which included several film critics and a Florida state senator) and easily one of the most important and memorable days of my entire life! A few other theatrical exhibitions took place before the film found a home on streaming services in late 2020.

Why? 
I made this film because I wanted to eventually make feature films ever since I started on my path as a filmmaker nearly 20 years ago! Prior to this feature, I had written, produced, directed, shot and edited 16 short films and written a few feature-length screenplays. After all that, I felt it was high-time for my entry into the feature filmmaking realm.

How?
For My Sister was filmed using my phone, Samsung Galaxy S9+, on a budget of about $6,000. There was no crew beyond myself. I believe productions like these represent a watershed moment in the world of independent filmmaking. There are literally no excuses anymore to write a script, get some creative personnel together and realize a vision. The times they are a-changin’!

For My Sister is available to rent or buy on Amazon Prime Video and to watch on Tubi (FREE with ads)! I would like to encourage anyone who sees the film to support indie filmmaking by leaving a review, brief or otherwise, on either Amazon Prime Video, IMDb or Letterboxd. The entire cast of the film and I would greatly appreciate it!

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Dance Baby Dance, by Stephen Kogon, is an independent movie that was released in 2018 and stars Beverley Mitchell (7th Heaven), Carlos Alazraqui (Reno 911), Jim O’Heir (Parks and Recreation), and Kogon. The movie is about a dancer who overcomes injury and age-related obstacles to still pursue his lifelong dance dream. Writer/director Stephen Kogon told us that with Dance Baby Dance, he “wanted to make a fun, lighthearted and inspirational film about an underdog going after a dream.”

You can watch Dance Baby Dance for free on Tubi TV or you can rent & purchase it on Amazon Video.

Director Alex Goldberg described his movie Closure as a “Daytime Noir” and that has really peaked my interest. Learn more about the movie and how to watch it online!

Official Description: Her mother is dead. Her fiancé is now her ex. And the airline lost her luggage. This begins Nina’s first trip to Los Angeles.

As a deathbed promise to her mother, Nina vows to find her sister Carrie who moved to L.A. years ago and hasn’t communicated with her family in months. Nina’s only clue is an apartment address in The Valley, but Carrie’s spiritual and earthy roommate Yasmina is little help. However, Yasmina allows Nina to stay in her sister’s room where she begins to piece together what happened to Carrie.

Her journey as a novice detective is helped, but frequently hindered, by a variety of self-absorbed Angelenos. In addition to the not-quite zen Yasmina, Nina encounters the polyamorous writer couple Jack and Prudence, two detectives who aren’t on speaking terms with each other, a fastidious money man and his pug, and a surprising romance. Nina’s quest leads her to The Superior, the enigmatic leader of an organization who Nina believes holds the key to the whereabouts of Carrie.
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Nina continues digging deeper into a side of Los Angeles that outsiders rarely see in her quest to find her sister and get Closure.

The movie stars Catia Ojeda as “Nina”, along with Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Tom Choi, Milena Govich, and Dee Wallace. Closure is available to watch online for free on Tubi TV and with a prime membership on Amazon

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