Indie Beat: 5 Most Intriguing Indies In October

Editor, U.S.; Los Angeles, California (@filmbenjamin)
October is looking to be one of the best months of the year for independently minded film in the U.S., if only because a handful of titles that have been some of the most anticipated and talked about (and controversial) of festival circuit over the last 10 months (and one that's been sitting in limbo for years) are finally arriving to our silver screens.

I've also got an excellent short to share (perhaps even more excellent if you're someone who battles with the idea of birthdays), so no more beating around the bush, let's get to it!

THE DIRTIES (October 4)

October is bringing us this year's controversial Palme d'Or winner as well as one of the most buzzed about titles of the Toronto International Film Festival, but if you're only going to see one movie this month, neither of those is the one to see. Instead you should catch Matt Johnson's The Dirties.

A bromance, a coming of age story and the most potent, well-observed and human take on school violence I have ever seen, Johnson's festival darling is the movie of our moment. There's a sadness and a humor and a hurt here with these boys that is all at once brave and inventive and so very familiar to anyone who has been ever bullied, treated as an outcast, or just felt less than. The Dirties is the most accessible transgressive picture you're likely to find this year. I don't think I have to say this, but... don't miss it.

Want more? Read my full review from Slamdance here.

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