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VODetails: Sundance Alumni

Criticwire By Matt Singer | Criticwire July 19, 2012 at 11:42AM

Are these ten films from the Sundance Film Festival worth your VODollars?
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"Indie Game: The Movie."
"Indie Game: The Movie."

More and more films premiere on Video on Demand -- if they don't simply bypass a theatrical release altogether. Because VOD reviews are often scarce and hard to find, Criticwire created VODetails, a recurring column to help you figure out whether a new VOD release is worth your hard-earned dollar.  This time, something different: a list of ten Sundance Film Festival alumni newly available on a variety of streaming and VOD websites through the festival's Artist Services program, which helps films that don't have traditional distribution deals find audiences. Here they are, in alphabetical order:

Blessing

Director: Paul Zeher

Official Synopsis: "Randi’s life on her family's farm is brightened by an oversized satellite dish, rock 'n' rail and her passion to go to the ocean. Standing in the way are her jealous mother, her overworked father and her quirky and lovable 10-year-old brother. Randi is caught between her own desires and her family's expectations." Available on iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Microsoft Xbox, SundanceNOW, Sony Entertainment Network, VUDU, YouTube.

Brother to Brother

Director: Rodney Evans

Official Synopsis: "A drama that looks back on the Harlem Renaissance from the perspective of an elderly, black writer who meets a gay teenager in a New York homeless shelter. Starring Anthony Mackie." Available on iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Microsoft Xbox, SundanceNOW, Sony Entertainment Network, VUDU, YouTube.

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Children Underground

Director: Edet Belzberg

Official Synopsis: "Venture below the streets of Bucharest, Romania, to meet a 'family' of orphaned, abandoned or runaway children living in a subway station." Available on iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Microsoft Xbox, Sony Entertainment Network, SundanceNOW, VUDU, YouTube.

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Climate Refuges

Director: Michael Nash

Official Synopsis: "An over-consuming, crowded world, with depleting resources and a changing climate, is giving birth to 25 million climate refugees resulting in a mass global migration and border conflicts." Available on iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Microsoft Xbox, SundanceNOW, Sony Entertainment Network, VUDU, YouTube.

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Dirty Work

Directors: David Sampliner and Tim Nackashi

Official Synopsis: "'Dirty Work' introduces us to three professionals with the dirtiest jobs you'd never want to do: a 'reproductive physiologist' who collects bull semen for agricultural uses, a lifelong septic-tank pumper, and a 'restorative artist' who prepares corpses for funerals." Available on iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Microsoft Xbox, SundanceNOW, Sony Entertainment Network, VUDU, YouTube.

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The Disappearance of McKinley Nolan

Director: Henry Corra

Official Synopsis: "U.S. Army Private McKinley Nolan vanished 40 years ago in Vietnam. Theories about what happened to him abound and vary wildly. One family journeys into the heart of darkness to find the truth." Available on iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Microsoft Xbox, SundanceNOW, Sony Entertainment Network, VUDU, YouTube.

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Enemies of the People

Directors: Rob Lemkin and Thet Sambath

Official Synopsis: "A young journalist whose family was killed by the Khmer Rouge befriends the perpetrators of the Killing Fields genocide, evoking shocking revelations." Available on iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Microsoft Xbox, SundanceNOW, Sony Entertainment Network, VUDU, YouTube.

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Indie Game: The Movie

Directors: Lisanne Pajot, James Swirsky 

Official Synopsis: "Follow the dramatic journeys of indie game developers as they create games and release those works, and themselves, to the world." Available on Amazon Instant Video, Microsoft Xbox, SundanceNOW, Sony Entertainment Network, VUDU, YouTube.

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Miss Wonton

Director: Meng Ong 

Official Synopsis: "An Na comes to New York from a small village in China and is quickly bedded by a slimy suburbanite in whose tract home she settles with her mother. When the man returns home with his wife, An Na must decide her fate in her adopted country." Available on iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, SundanceNOW, VUDU, YouTube.

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The Woods

Director: Matthew Lessner

Official Synopsis: "A satirical nod to ethnographic film fashions a critique on media technology dependence, when eight young Americans move deep into to the woods to start their own utopia." Available on iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Microsoft Xbox, SundanceNOW, Sony Entertainment Network, VUDU, YouTube.

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