Eight years after its festival debut, the lo-fi drama Satellite
, chocked with obscure Indie band gems and unlikely romantic gestures is now available. Giving bad press to a tiny film with a lot of heart is taxing, but there are enough successes in the sometimes shoddy romantic fable written, directed and edited by Jeff Winner
to give a review in good conscience. Unlike his equally under-financed You Are Here
(2000), the sophomore feature from the Nyu filmmaking program graduate has a few vaguely recognizable actors and will presumably reach a sizable audience. Satellite
made its festival rounds in 2005, winning Special Jury Prize at the Madrid Film Festival after a world premiere at Tribeca. At long last, the indie feature was made available on iTunes, Amazon and VOD earlier this month.
The love story begins when Ro, played by the boyish gap-toothed French model Stephanie Szostak
, follows a pouty-lipped stranger to a Southwestern themed Brooklyn bar.