What’s coming to Sundance Now in April 2017


What’s coming to Sundance Now in April 2017

There are some great movies coming to Sundance Now in April.

I’ve been tooling around with a variety of subscription-based apps lately to get outside of what I call “the Netflix box”.
I don’t go to the movies much anymore. When I do, it’s more for the pleasure of seeing something on a massive screen.
So I consider that movie money outside of my cord cutter slush fund that’s been growing since I dumped cable last March. I still watch plenty of Netflix. It’s my go-to for a lot of programs, but it’s rare that I can find a movie on it that challenges me, or sticks to the ribs long after I finish watching it.

That’s why Sundance Now is my new connect for those movies that stick with me.
Exclusive new films, documentaries and TV series are added weekly. It also carries original programming and curated collections from people within the film industry, selecting film fest favorites.
The April lineup has 16 movies that you won’t see anywhere else. Many of them are listed below. April also brings some great music documentaries covering the late David Bowie in his heyday, Joy Division and Kate Bush. It’s part of a new Under Review series.

You don’t even have to wait until April for the good stuff. On March 30, Gaza Surf Club (2016) kicks off the spring lineup of films. The schedule for April follows.

Gaza Surf Club (2016)

In a country locked between Egypt and Israel, Gaza’s youth are drawn to their beaches. Weary of the daily ‘state of emergency’ they seek meaning and perspective to their lives through surfing.
Director: Philip Gnadt, Mickey Yamine.
Cast: Ibrahim Arafat, Mohammed Abu Jayab, Sabah Abu Ghanem

Sundance Now schedule for April 2017

April 3

Above & Below (2015): From Mars to Earth and underneath. Above and Below is a rough and rhythmic roller coaster ride seating five survivors in their daily hustle through an apocalyptic world.
Director: Nicolas Steiner

Brief Interviews With Hideous Men (2009)

A graduate student copes with a recent breakup by conducting interviews with various men.
Director: John Krasinski
Cast: Julianne Nicholson, Ben Shenkman, Timothy Hutton, Chris Messina, Will Forte

Holy Rollers (2010)

In Brooklyn, a youth from an Orthodox Jewish community is lured into becoming an Ecstasy dealer by his pal who has ties to an Israeli drug cartel.
Director: Kevin Asch
Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Justin Bartha, Ari Graynor

Mammoth (2009)

While on a trip to Thailand, a successful American businessman tries to radically change his life. Back in New York, his wife and daughter find their relationship with their live-in Filipino maid changing around them. At the same time, in the Philippines, the maid’s family struggles to deal with her absence.
Director: Lukas Moodysson
Cast: Gael Garcia Bernal, Michelle Williams

Memphis (2013)

Director: Tim Sutton
Cast: Willis Earl Beal, Constance Brantley, Larry Dodson

April 6

The Great Train Robbery (2013)

Director: Julian Jarrold, James Strong
Cast: Robert Glenister, Jack Roth, Paul Anderson, Luke Evans, Jim Broadbent

April 10

The Color Of Lies (1999)

In a small Breton town, a 10-year-old girl is found murdered. René, her art teacher, a professional painter, is the last person to have seen her alive. The inspector in charge of the investigation immediately questions him. In this small provincial town where people all know each other and regularly meet at the Bar des Amis, René is increasingly unsettled by the other inhabitants’ suspicions and by the inspector’s investigation. Children stop coming to him for lessons. His wife, Viviane, a district nurse, protects him and supports him with her love. However, a self-centred media-star writer adds to René’s confusion…
Director: Claude Chabrol
Cast: Sandrine Bonnaire, Jacques Gamblin, Bernard Verley

Go Down Death (2013)

Director: Aaron Schimberg
Cast: Lee Azzarello, Doug Barron, Burton Crane, Anthony Droz

Hail Mary (1985)

In this modern retelling of the Virgin birth, Mary is a student who plays basketball and works at her father’s petrol station; Joseph is an earnest dropout who drives a cab. The angel Gabriel must school Joseph to accept Mary’s pregnancy, while Mary comes to terms with God’s plan through meditations that are sometimes angry and usually punctuated by elemental images of the sun, moon, clouds, flowers, and water.
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
Cast: Myriem Roussel, Thierry Rode, Philippe Lacoste

Kid-Thing (2012)

Director: David Zellner
Cast: Sydney Aguirre, Nathan Zellner, David Zellner, David Wingo, Heather Kafka

Lightning Bug (2004)
A gifted, self-taught, special effects make-up artist, Green dreams of going to Hollywood to make his own monsters. But the real demons of Green’s life threaten to hold him back: a drunken stepfather who terrorizes his mother, a group of religious fanatics who want to destroy his work, and the love of a girl who can’t let go of small town life.
Director: Robert Hall
Cast: Bret Harrison, Laura Prepon, Kavin Gage, Ashley Laurence

Sun Don’t Shine (2012)
Director: Amy Seimetz
Cast: Kate Lyn Sheil, AJ Bowen, Kit Gwin, Kentucker Audley

The Violin (2005)
Director: Francisco Vargas
Cast: Angel Tavira, Gerardo Taracena, Mario Garibaldi

April 18

New Collection: Spring Awakening

Beeswax (2009)

Director: Andrew Bujalski
Cast: Tilly Hatcher, Maggie Hatcher, Alex Karpovsky

Sweethearts Of The Prison Rodeo (2009)

Director: Bradley Beesley
Cast: Danny Liles, Jamie Brooks, Brandy Witte, Crystal Herrington

April 20

New Collection: The Under Review Series

Father & Son (2009)

Ex-Manchester gangland boss Michael O’Connor, who is now happily settled in rural Ireland, is forced to go back to Manchester when his son Sean is found guilty of the murder of a gang member.
Director: Brian Kirk
Cast: Dougray Scott, Sophie Okonedo, Ian Heart, Stephen Rea

Captain Beefheart: Under Review (2006)

This documentary traces the roots and history of this iconic musical legend. Featuring rare live and studio performances of Beefheart, interspersed with contributions from virtually all members of The Magic Band – along with a panel of esteemed experts.
Director: Chrome Dreams
Cast: Don Van Vliet, John French, Mark Boston, Jeff Moris Tepper, Mike Barnes, Alan Clayson

David Bowie: Under Review 1976-1979 – The Berlin Trilogy (2006)

A review of the pop star David Bowie in his heyday, featuring live and studio performances, rare interviews and commentary from a panel of music experts.
Director: Chrome Dreams
Cast: David Bowie, Dieter Moebius, Michael Rother, Mark Prendergast

Joy Division: Under Review (2006)

This 70-minute documentary covers the entire career of Joy Division, one of Manchester and Post-Punks most respected bands. It charts the entire short lifespan of the group, from their origins in their days as Warsaw to the more well known incarnation of Joy Division.
Director: Christian Davies
Cast: Peter Hook, John Lydon, Tony Pomfret, Barney Hoskyns, Pat Gilbert, John Robb

Kate Bush: Under Review (2006)

This documentary looks at the music and career of one the world’s most influential performers, singer and songwriters. It features promo films, interviews with Kate and with colleagues, producers, musicians and friends.
Director: Chrome Dreams
Cast: Kate Bush, Paul Gambaccini, Lucy O’Brien, Phil Stucliffe

Nick Drake: Under Review (2007)

Director: Chrome Dreams
Cast: Jeremy Mason, Ashley Hutchings, Robin Williamson, John Renbourn

The Smiths: Under Review (2006)

Director: Chrome Dreams
Cast: Tony Wilson, Stephen Street, Craig Gannon, Paul Morley

Syd Barrett: Under Review (2006)

Syd Barrett: Under Review features rare live and studio performances from this hugely influential and legendary musician, interspersed with the independent review and criticism from a panel of esteemed experts.
Director: Chrome Dreams
Cast: Syd Barrett, Malcolm Dome, Hugh Hopper, Sian Jones, David Parker

April 24

New Collection: Remembering The Holocaust

How To Make Money Selling Drugs (2012) 

Ten easy steps show you how to make money from drugs, featuring a series of interviews with drug dealers, prison employees, and lobbyists arguing for tougher drug laws.
Director: Matthew Cooke
Cast: Woody Harrelson, Susan Sarandon, David Simon, Russell Simmons, Arianna Huffington

Subterranea (2015)

Director: Mathew Miller
Cast: Bug Hall, Wiliam Katt, Nicholas Turturro, Lily Gladstone

Two Gates Of Sleep (2010)

Director: Alistair Banks Griffin
Cast: Brady Corbet, David Call, Ross Francis, Ritchie Montgomery

We Go Way Back (2006)

Director: Lynn Shelton
Cast: Kate Bayley, Aaron Blakely, Maggie Brown

Young Bodies Heal Quickly (2014)

Director: Andrew T. Betzer
Cast: Gabriel Croft, Josephine Decker, Jay Featherstone, Jonathan Frasier

April 27

The Game (2014)

When an MI5 agent is contacted by a defecting KGB officer about the plan to destroy the British establishment, MI5 leader, Daddy (Brian Cox, THE BOURNE SUPREMACY), assembles a secret committee to investigate the threat in a frantic race against time. Their mission: stop the plot, save Britain and in turn, the world. THE GAME, a suspenseful six-part, edge-of-your-seat thrill ride, is created by Toby Whithouse (BEING HUMAN, DR. WHO).
Director: Niall MacCormick, Daniel O’Hara
Cast: Tom Hughes, Jonathan Aris, Victoria Hamilton, Shaun Dooley, Brian Cox

How to get Sundance Now

If you own a Roku, you can get the Sundance Now app at the channel store, but make sure you sign up for this free 7-day trial first.

Fire TV owners can also get a free Sundance Now trial through Amazon Channels. Once you have an account, you will also be able to watch Sundance Now on iOS Apple TV, Android, Chromecast or the web.

The monthly rate is $6.99 with no contract or obligation. People who pay a full year in advance get a 28-percent discount. So your monthly rate is marked down to $4.99 per month, or $59.99 bill annually. These aren’t all the movies coming to Sundance Now in April 2017. You can actually search the Sundance Now web site by clicking films to see the rest of their movie lineup. 

Have you tried out Sundance Now? Do you have a favorite streaming app for great movies? If so, weigh in below and let your fellow readers what you think.

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