Indie Watch: A spotlight on three independent films from across the globe

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Whenever we talk of the 21st century cinema it's imperative to talk about independent filmmakers. Buoyed by their inexorable passion for cinema and undeterred by the paucity of resources, this tenacious breed of artists has been instrumental to the constant evolution of cinema. And, I believe the true onus lies with all those who understand and appreciate cinema to shower praise on this ingenious brigade of filmmakers by celebrating their sui generis works of cinema.

Today, I have the privilege of throwing spotlight on three such formidable specimens of independent filmmaking from across the globe. 
1). blackhats (2012)

blackhats movie, directed by LaRon Austin, poster

Director: LaRon Austin

Genre: Thriller - Suspense - Mystery -Action

Cast: E. Roger Mitchell, Errol Sadler, Doris Morgado

Movie Info: “blackhats” is an indie mini blockbuster with the spirit and brilliance of The Bourne Series. The charismatic flare of “Swordfish” and the impactful secret of “Usual Suspect” & “Se7en”

Release Date: July 12, 2013

Plot: A reformed, hot-tempered bounty hunter, finds his new harmonious life as a Fugitive Recovery Agent threatened. He must track down a group of cyber hackers before they are assassinated by a rival bounty hunter while also trying to prevent a massive viral attack, which could collapse America's economic foundation. 

Contact Info: Bennie Swint and Martin Kelley; email:; official website:

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2). Kinks

kinks movie poster, directed by Virginia Kennedy and Juliane Block

Director: Virginia Kennedy and Juliane Block

Genre: Comedy - Drama

Cast: Tati Ambia, Vikneshwaran Balasundran, Juliane Block

Movie Info: Virginia Kennedy and Juliane Block, two expatriate film directors living in Malaysia decided to combine their resources to create KINKS a mockumentary feature film about two inter-racial sisters. Kennedy & Block: "We wanted to show the cultural clashes and misconceptions between East and West in a humorous way but also the similarities of two sisters being eventually just humans.” The film is up and available for purchase (video rental or download worldwide) at via distrify. Kinks is also available on Google Play in North America.

Plot: Two sisters meet while shooting a kinky American reality show in Malaysia and fight because one is the Host and the other, the Censor.

Contact Info: Juliane Block; email:; official website:

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3). Gut (2012)

Gut movie poster, 2012 horror film, directed by Elias

Director: Elias

Genre: Horror - Thriller

Cast: Jason Vail, Nicholas Wilder, Sarah Schoofs

Movie Info: The film was released theatrically on 10/26 and is now available On Demand in the US and Canada. You can check out a trailer at the link in my signature. Vimeo secure online screeners are available at your request as well as DVDs if you prefer.

Plot: Family man Tom has seen something he can't forget, a mysterious video with an ugly secret that soon spreads into his daily life and threatens to dismantle everything around him. 

Contact Info: Anna Ganster; email:; official website:

Movie Trailer

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  1. Thanks for the list! You know I love a good indie film :)

  2. Well... the pleasure is all mine!!! :-)

  3. Cool. Thanks for spotlighting "blackhats"!

    Martin Kelley


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