AFI FEST 2017: American Independents

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1. The Ballad of Lefty Brown (2017)

R | 111 min | Action, Drama, Western

6.2
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64 Metascore

A thrilling and action-packed Western, The Ballad of Lefty Brown is a story about loyalty, friendship, and the relentless pursuit of justice.

Director: Jared Moshe | Stars: Bill Pullman, Peter Fonda, Stephen Alan Seder, Kathy Baker

Votes: 2,268 | Gross: $0.01M

2. Bodied (2017)

120 min | Comedy, Drama

7.8
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77 Metascore

A progressive graduate student finds success and sparks outrage when his interest in battle rap as a thesis subject becomes a competitive obsession.

Director: Joseph Kahn | Stars: Calum Worthy, Jackie Long, Rory Uphold, Jonathan Park

Votes: 247

3. California Dreams (I) (2017)

83 min | Documentary

6.8
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A journey into the hallucination of cinema.

Director: Mike Ott | Stars: Cory Zacharia, Mark Borchardt, Henning Gronkowski, Kevin Gilger

Votes: 62

4. The Endless (I) (2017)

Not Rated | 111 min | Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Thriller

6.7
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80 Metascore

Two brothers return to the cult they fled from years ago to discover that the group's beliefs may be more sane than they once thought.

Directors: Justin Benson, Aaron Moorhead | Stars: Callie Hernandez, Emily Montague, Tate Ellington, James Jordan

Votes: 1,041 | Gross: $0.23M

5. Fits and Starts (2017)

80 min | Comedy

5.8
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A struggling writer can't seem to escape his wife's literary success. When a road trip to a publisher's salon takes an unexpected turn, he has to face his own creative shortcomings and find a way to regain control of his life and work.

Director: Laura Terruso | Stars: Wyatt Cenac, Greta Lee, Maria Dizzia, Alex Karpovsky

Votes: 107

6. Gemini (II) (2017)

R | 93 min | Mystery, Thriller

6.2
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71 Metascore

A heinous crime tests the complex relationship between a tenacious personal assistant and her Hollywood starlet boss. As the assistant unravels the mystery, she must confront her own understanding of friendship, truth, and celebrity.

Director: Aaron Katz | Stars: Lola Kirke, Zoë Kravitz, John Cho, Greta Lee

Votes: 595 | Gross: $0.20M

7. Life & Nothing More (2017)

114 min | Drama

6.6
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Standing on the edge of adulthood, Andrew yearns to find his purpose as a young African-American in today's America. With his mother longing to find more to her life then parenting, Andrew ... See full summary »

Director: Antonio Méndez Esparza | Stars: Andrew Bleechington, Regina Williams, Robert Williams, Ry'nesia Chambers

Votes: 208

8. El mar la mar (2017)

94 min | Documentary

7.1
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An immersive experience of the Sonoran Desert on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Directors: Joshua Bonnetta, J.P. Sniadecki

Votes: 88 | Gross: $0.01M

9. Mr. Roosevelt (2017)

R | 90 min | Comedy

6.2
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73 Metascore

After a loved one falls ill, 25 year old struggling comedian Emily Martin returns to her college town of Austin, Texas and must come to terms with her past while staying with her ex-boyfriend and his new girlfriend.

Director: Noël Wells | Stars: Noël Wells, Nick Thune, Britt Lower, Daniella Pineda

Votes: 1,386

10. Sollers Point (2017)

R | 101 min | Drama

6.5
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74 Metascore

Keith (Lombardi), a small-time drug dealer under house arrest at the home of his father (Belushi) in Baltimore, re-enters a community scarred by unemployment, neglect and deeply entrenched ... See full summary »

Director: Matthew Porterfield | Stars: McCaul Lombardi, Jim Belushi, Tom Guiry, Zazie Beetz

Votes: 93 | Gross: $0.01M

11. Thoroughbreds (2017)

R | 92 min | Drama, Thriller

7.2
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75 Metascore

Two upper-class teenage girls in suburban Connecticut rekindle their unlikely friendship after years of growing apart. Together, they hatch a plan to solve both of their problems-no matter what the cost.

Director: Cory Finley | Stars: Olivia Cooke, Anya Taylor-Joy, Anton Yelchin, Kaili Vernoff

Votes: 4,449 | Gross: $2.83M