Lets take a look at a few indie films that we’ve spotlighted in the past.

Family Obligations
In the Garage Productions
Drama

“The film tells the story of an isolated person who is finally drawn out of himself and into meaningful relationships for the first time in his life. It’s about the power and the pitfalls of involving yourself in other people’s lives. The main character Peter Steele, played by Chris Mollica, returns home to settle affairs after his father’s sudden death.”
Watch on Tubi TV | Learn more about Family Obligations

Northwood Pie
Indie Rights Movies
Comedy

“Community college burn out in the making, Crispin, lands his first job at the local, rundown Northwood Pizza. And through his experiences with friends, coworkers, and a kindling relationship, Crispin learns to embrace his higher ambitions.”
Watch on Tubi TV | Learn more about Northwood Pie

End Trip
Premiere Digital Services
Thriller

“On a calm night in an average city a hardworking URYDE driver, Brandon, picks up just another fare, Judd. Using interactions that blur the lines between the technological world and the physical one, Judd explains a messy breakup. Brandon offers an empathetic ear and a sympathetic heart to his new friend to help him pick up the pieces. Aggregated profiles, algorithms, links, likes and comments bring people closer. But how close is too close?”
Watch on YouTube | Learn more about End Trip

What have you been watching online? What is your favorite way to watch indie films?

What is Secrets Of The Volkovs about?
Secrets Of The Volkovs is an action-packed thriller that follows Antonin, a police officer who’s been given a nearly impossible assignment. Antonin leaves his fiancé Nikolina and travels to a town far away from his own in an undercover capacity. He is tasked with infiltrating a crime family who the local police know are involved in some serious criminal activity. There’s only one problem; no one in town is willing to provide any information or come forward after being victimized because they are too scared. He must work with the family to discover their dark secrets. This dramatic plot is packed with twists and turns, and coupled with slightly sarcastic narration to keep the reader entertained the whole way through.

What inspired this story?
I’ve always wanted to be a writer, and in 2019 I was writing sarcastically narrated fan fiction. I got quite a lot of reviews, so I tried my hand at original fiction. Secrets Of The Volkovs is the prequel to my first original story, Family Secrets. It explores the origins of the tension in the second book. The plots for both stories developed more as I was writing. I always start with a loose idea and sort of ‘inspire myself’ as I go forward.

Tell us a little about you, who is Ellie Jay?
Ellie Jay is the pen name of a 20-odd British woman with a long standing love of reading, writing, and anything related to stories. As well as loving fiction, I have a penchant for sarcasm, absurdity and humour. When I’m not writing, I’m either teaching, playing Minecraft, or messing around on the internet, as one does.

How can we read Secrets Of The Volkovs?
Amazon is the easiest place to check this book out. It is available as a paperback, hardback, ebook, or audiobook, and can be bought with the rest of the series, or as a standalone adventure. You can also read my other content or connect with me by checking out my links.

Posted on February 23rd, 2024 by ThePit | Leave a Comment
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We spotlight a lot of authors and indie books, so it is important sometimes to slow down and take a second look at some of the books we have been talking about. You can check out our last Indie Author roundup here.

Quántóu Rising
by J. Moody

Quántóu Rising is the sequel in my dystopian trilogy. The SEPA Project follows five characters from different walks of life as they try to unravel the secrets of their utopian society. New technology allows for those in power to steal memories, so it becomes a race to remember the truth. The novel looks at xenophobia, freewill, family bonds, and greed.” -J. Moody
Purchase on Amazon | Learn more about Quántóu Rising

Munchkin Tales
by Denny Griffith

Munchkin Tales, Book 1: Our lost Heritage is about three Munchkin cousins who want to leave Oz and have their own adventure. The first problem is no one is allowed to go out the back gates of the Emerald City which is the only way out. And no one knows why no one knows they can’t leave. They do find a way out, but only after some serious attempts to end them before they ever go. They can’t understand why it should be such an issue, but with the help of the Wizard, they soon at least get an inkling of who is behind them not wanting to leave.” -Denny Griffith
Purchase on Amazon | Learn more about Munchkin Tales

Ariya Kai
by F.Z. Zach

“The story, or idea, had been floating around in my head for a while and it was time to put it to paper. I wanted to create an action packed sci-fi story with themes that I thought were interesting to explore. And having worked on other creative people’s projects for a long time, it was time to work on my own.” -F.Z. Zach
Purchase on Amazon | Learn more about Ariya Kai The Secret of Colony L.I.F.E.

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Posted on February 21st, 2024 by MHD | Leave a Comment
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What is The Raven Moonstone about?
The Raven Moonstone is a rural fantasy adventure of accidental magic. During Noah’s senior year of high school, he becomes an orphan when he loses his parents in a freak accident. Post graduation, he’s reeling from his loss and struggling to control his emotions. When a librarian hands him an ancient text, he stumbles into the realm of magic. And that’s when Noah learns he must find the raven moonstone to save the town from an evil witch. He’s in over his head in more ways than one. Did I mention the goats and spiders? Spills & thrills & unlikely heroes – cringe and smile in equal measure. Ultimately, it’s about the undeniable power of forgiveness.

What inspired this story?
After I retired, my husband and I traveled for seven months in a Ford Transit Van. We had stopped for the night in a free campsite for boondockers. It was there that I met a young man named Noah, who was traveling cross country with a goat who rode in the back of his SUV. It was the sights and people I met and the solitude of the desert that inspired me to use my imagination and create.

Tell us a little about you, who is VJ Garske?
I’ve always been a reader, and I love books. In fact, giving up my library was the hardest thing I did when we sold our home and decided to become nomads. I travel across the backroads of America, and I write. In the winter months, I stay-cation in Arizona. I wrote my first book for my grandson, I wanted to impart words of wisdom in a fantastical story that would be encouraging, humorous, and exciting. Reading should be fun.

How can we read The Raven Moonstone?
My book is available exclusively on Amazon, both ebook and paperback and free with Kindle Unlimited.

Posted on February 19th, 2024 by ThePit | Leave a Comment
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Evil At The Door from producer/director Kipp Tribble is an independent thriller that stars Bruce Davison, Andrea Sweeney Blanco, Robert Allen Mukes, and Sunny Doench. The movie “centers around a secret guild that has operated for nearly a century, known as The Locusts. Once a year this guild treats its members to a night of curated home invasions (aka, “runs”), known underground as “The Night of The Locusts”. With 180 minutes to do as they please with the occupants of the selected home, four masked men enter the home of Daniel and Jessica and begin to engage in sick, twisted games with them.”

We spotlighted the movie before its release here. You can watch it for free on Tubi TV. Evil At The Door is distributed by Terror Films and produced by MRP Entertainment.

Posted on August 9th, 2023 by ThePit | Leave a Comment
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What is The Roadie about?
The Roadie is a YA action & adventure book that follows university student Ezra James and his friends on the road trip of a lifetime as they follow a mystical treasure map. Along the way, they must overcome daring challenges and take perilous risks. What are they willing to sacrifice to have it all?

What inspired this story?
I have always loved travelling, adventure and more specifically road trips! While I was living in French Polynesia I decided to finally start writing my debut novel The Roadie drawing upon these experiences. I also drew upon themes of friendship, young love, escapism and determination to convey a feel-good message to any reader.

Tell us a little about you, who is Ethan J. Kearl?
I am a 22-year-old Canadian just finishing up my Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and hope to attend law school in Fall 2024. My hobbies include anything related to sports/fitness, reading and writing.

How can we read The Roadie?
The Roadie is available worldwide through Amazon on Paperback and Kindle.

Check out all of our posts on Indie Books here.

Posted on June 4th, 2023 by ThePit | Leave a Comment
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I love the 90s, UFOs, and rom-coms. The independent film UFO Club speaks directly to me, and I had the absolute pleasure of reading the original script and getting to see this movie go from the page to the screen. The flick’s writer & director Steven Tsapelas chatted with My Hollywood Dream to share more details on making the movie and how you can see it.

Who?

UFO Club was produced through the Long Island-based production company In the Garage Productions, run by husband and wife Ken Frank and Shawna Brandle; it was also made possible by film producer David Rheingold, who regularly champions independent film projects that he believes in. We have an incredible cast of younger actors, including Spencer Gonzalez as the lead William, Eloise Gordon as Alex, Paolo Kossi in the role of Johnny and Josiah Schneider as Chris. Our editor was the amazing Vaj Potenza.

Oh, and I wrote and directed it!

What?

In the year 1998, a nerdy high schooler named William has to strike up a friendship with an intimidating classmate named Alex because he believes she has a videotape that will not only prove the existence of aliens, but will also exonerate his recently incarcerated mentor, UFOlogist Dr. Peter Greenport (Jerry Colpitts). It’s a movie very much informed by my high school experience, combining my then love of The X-Files, with elements of some of my favorite time-appropriate teen rom-coms, like She’s All That and Can’t Hardly Wait. It’s a pure throwback, with a lot of heart, and a fun sci-fi element.

Where?

The film is set in a fictional town on Long Island, and was filmed in some really iconic Long Island locations: including All-American Burger in Massapequa, the Malverne Cinema, and my very own high school in Bethpage. However, we filmed most of the movie in Connecticut, in and around my home.

When?

We filmed UFO Club in the summer of 2021; for many of us, this was our first time back on set after quarantine and it was great to get together and make something. Truly, it was a communal experience. It is set in the year 1998, the year before I graduated high school, and there was something comforting about the nostalgia of “living” in that time period. In filming UFO Club, we really tried to evoke a sense of the late 90s: however, we made not sure to exaggerate that time period, instead trying to play it as real and mundane as the 90s actually felt to those that lived in it. Mostly, this was done through the removal of modern tech, along with the addition of some classic tech: cordless home phones, old tube TVs, and we even found a functioning payphone for one scene.

Why?

In high school, I was in an actual UFO Club in my high school. A guest speaker came to the class and raffled off a video of a purported UFO crash on Long Island; however, the raffle was won by a girl who drew her own name. My nerdy group of male friends knew we’d never see this tape, because a girl would never invite us over their house. I always thought that was an amusing idea: in order for us to see the tape, we’d have to get outside of our comfort zone and TALK to a girl.

This concept was in the back of my head when I met Ken Frank at the Long Island International Film Expo in 2019. He wrote and directed Family Obligations, which won Best Feature that year. We got to talking and found we had a lot of similarities. He had such a great experience making a movie that he convinced me I should do it, too.

Actually, one of the biggest reasons I wanted to make it is because I wanted to involve my family: my wife Ana, our kids Stella and Linus. I used to produce short films and web content with my friends when we were in our 20s, but had been so busy with my day job and raising kids, that I stepped away from it for a while. The opportunity to show kids that you CAN create something, from start to finish, was a major factor in my wanting to do this. And Stella & Linus were very involved. They act in the movie, helped create some props, and were just involved from the beginning to the end. We’re talking about making another movie now (Bigfoot Club) and, once again, the main reason I want to make it is to get them involved.

How?

We’ve had a very successful festival run: winning Best Feature at Tampa Bay Underground Film Festival; Best Comedy Feature and Best Writer at the Chain NYC Film Festival and the Audience Award at the Long Island International Film Expo. Because of that, we were picked up for distribution through My Spotlight Independent, a division of My Production Limited, and are now available on a few platforms: Amazon Prime, Tubi and My Spotlight Independent’s own streaming service. There will be more platforms throughout the year, and we’re excited that more people will be able to watch UFO Club!

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