Indie Fresh List

The Indie Fresh List: The Shadow of Violence, Summerland, The Fight, and Yes, God, Yes

Check out the latest Fresh indie releases now streaming on VOD and what's coming soon.

by | July 30, 2020 | Comments

Join us weekly as Rotten Tomatoes reports on what’s indie features are streaming. From promising releases by new voices to experimental efforts from storied filmmakers – or perhaps the next indie darling to go the distance for end-of-year accolades – we will break it all down for you here each week.

For the foreseeable future, the specialty box office and all theatrical releases will be on hold as we all make efforts to socially distance ourselves and reduce the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. With that in mind, we have reshaped our Indie Fresh List to include VOD and select drive-in releases. This week we have an Irish crime thriller, a World War II tearjerker, and a documentary about ACLU lawyers. In our Spotlight section, we have a new sex comedy featuring Stranger Things star Natalia Dyer, and we have new trailers featuring Stranger Things’ Joe Keery, Sense8’s Tuppence Middleton, and Rome’s James Purefoy.

New This Weekend

The Shadow of Violence (2019) 94%


A powerful thriller starring A Killing of A Sacred Deer’s Barry Keoghan, The Shadow of Violence will hit drive-in theaters this weekend after positive reviews on the festival circuit last fall. Currently Certified Fresh at 94% on the Tomatometer, the taut Irish crime drama follows an ex-boxer-turned-mob associate who is pressed to cross the line between enforcer and hitman. Led by standout performances from Keoghan and Peaky Blinders standout Cosmo Jarvis, the debut feature of director Nick Rowland and screenwriter Joe Murtagh is “an immersive tale of tortured masculinity and divided loyalties that pulls the viewer right into the raging bull mindset of its haunted protagonist,” according to Mark Kermode of the Observer.

Playing at select drive-in theaters in Sarasota, Chicago, Houston, Dallas, Austin, Oklahoma City, Winchester, Minneapolis, Ft Collins, Salt Lake City. 

Summerland (2020) 78%


Gemma Arterton and Gugu Mbatha-Raw star in this World War II drama about reclusive writer Alice Lamb, who is left to care for a young London refugee at her home in a South England seaside village. The prickly author and the young boy develop an unlikely but unshakable bond that eventually fills the void left by the absence of the boy’s parents and helps mend Alice’s broken heart. “Arterton triumphs again and Swale marks herself as a director to watch. Summerland successfully combines an intelligent feminist fable and a lesbian love story with a slick period tearjerker,” writes Pamela Hutchinson for Empire Magazine.

Available to rent or buy July 31st on Vudu and Google Play.

The Fight (2020) 99%

From DACA to marriage equality and the voting rights act, many landmark moments in American history have happened as a result of decisions by the Supreme Court, and many have been fought by the lawyers from the ACLU. The Fight is a gripping doc that follows a group of young, underfunded, incredibly talented, and unflappably passionate lawyers form the American Civil Liberties Union(ACLU), the 100-year-old institution that was founded to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution. “The Fight is an endlessly engaging look into the often labyrinthine legal apparatus, and the film seamlessly moves between the cases with such incredible skill that the team of editors deserve all the accolades afforded to them,” writes Josh Kupecki of the Austin Chronicle.

Available to stream now on FandangoNOW, Vudu, Google Play.

Available on VOD – Spotlight Pick

Yes, God, Yes (2019) 93%


Strangers Things‘ Natalia Dyer stars in this SXSW standout period sex comedy that takes a look back at the days of dial-up modems and AOL chat rooms. Dyer stars as Alice, a 16-year old midwest Catholic school girl who lives a chaste adolescent life until she stumbles into an online chat room and it unexpectedly goes from innocent to x-rated. Presented with new evidence, and discovering the joys of self-love, Alice begins to question her repressed upbringing and heads to a mysterious religious retreat, where she discovers things may not be all they appear, and embarks on a journey of self-discovery… and satisfaction. A semi-autobiographical tale from writer-director Karen Maine,”Yes, God, Yes feels new and specific to the character because of its commitment to sex-positivity. It is a break from today’s chaotic world as it cannonballs into a time of teenage anxiety and naiveté,” writes Shea Vassar of Film Daze.

Available to rent or buy now on FandagoNowVuduiTunes, and Google Play and playing at select drive-in theaters. 

Along with…

  • Selah and the Spades (2019) , a teen-angst drama set at an all-girls school with elite cliques.
  • The Assistant (2019) , about a young Hollywood assistant to a predatory producer who struggles when presented with daily evidence of his abuse of women.
  • Corpus Christi (2019) , about a convict who impersonates a vicar after experiencing a spiritual awakening.
  • True History of the Kelly Gang (2019) , a stylistic re-telling of the Ned Kelly legend.
  • House of Hummingbird (2018) , a coming-of-age story set in 1990s Seoul, South Korea.
  • John Lewis: Good Trouble (2020) , an intimate documentary on Civil Rights icon and politician John Lewis.
  • Zombie for Sale (2019) , a horror-comedy about a family of con-artists who tries to sell zombie bites to strangers as a fountain of youth.
  • We Are Freestyle Love Supreme (2020) , an eye-opening doc about Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda’s improv hip-hop group.
  • Relic (2020) , a horror film centered on three-generations of women as the elder matriarch suffers from Alzheimer’s.
  • Radioactive (2019) , biopic about famed scientist Madame Curie.
  • The Rental (2020) , a thrililer about a pair of couples who discover they under surveillance why vacationing at a seaside rental.
  • Don't Be Nice (2018) , a documentary about an impressive group competing at the National Slam Poetry contest.
  • The Painted Bird (2019) , a visceral Holocaust drama about a young orphan’s journey through the grim events of World War II.
  • Welcome to Chechnya (2020) , a powerful documentary about LGBTQ+ rights in the conservative nation of Chechnya.
  • The Truth (2019) , a French dramedy about an aging star actress and her relationship with her daughter.
  • Becky (2020) , a thriller about a girl left alone who must battle escaped convicts when they invade her vacation home.
  • Disclosure (2020) , an in-depth documentary about trans performers on screen.
  • Blue Story (2019) , a drama about two childhood friends who are torn apart by gang violence.
  • You Don't Nomi (2019) , a detailed examination of Paul Verhoeven’s Showgirls and its cult-like status.
  • The Vast of Night (2019) , a sci-fi thriller about a young ham radio operator and a local DJ who hear a strange radio transmission.
  • Working Man (2019) , about a duo of laid-off factory workers who inspire their fellow employees to keep working after their plant is closed.
  • The Painter and the Thief (2020) , a documentary about an artist who develops an unexpected friendship with one of the men who stole some of her paintings.
  • Miss Juneteenth (2020) , a drama about a former beauty queen who looks to recapture her glory through her rebellious daughter’s own pageant run.
  • The Short History of the Long Road (2019) , about a girl and her father who live nomadic lives out of their van.
  • Babyteeth (2019) , a dark rom-com about a sickly girl who falls for the town screw-up.

New Indie Trailers

Spree (2020) 68%

Stranger Things’ Joe Keery stars in this horror-thriller about an Uber driver on a rampage in a quest for viral fame.

Fisherman's Friends (2019) 68%

Sense8’s Tuppence Middleton and Rome’s James Purefoy star in this film that tells the story behind 10 fishermen from a small seaside village who were signed to Universal Records.

Happy Happy Joy Joy: The Ren & Stimpy Story (2020) 81%

A new documentary that chronicles the history of the groundbreaking animation show Ren & Stimpy.

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