Now playing on Sundance Channel: From naughty films to brutal ends

Ah, lovely, fragile February. While the groundhogs can’t seem to make up their minds on just how much winter we’ve got left, those of us on the East Coast are still waiting for that alleged season to start. But, regardless of what the mercury tells us, it’s still hibernating season (and, well, fighting off the flu season), so we’ve got some killer indie movies lined up to get you through the next week:

If you’re having trouble dealing with Sundance Film Festival withdrawal, then THE IMPERIALISTS ARE STILL ALIVE might be just what the doctor ordered. This 2010 festival selection follows French born Asya throuh the hip and glamorous downtown art scene, replete with exclusive parties, supermodels, and stretch limousines. But, despite the debauchery immediately around her, it’s events in the Middle East that are driving her (questionable) decisions. Art parties? Hot French women with guns? Underground, Chinatown bars? Sign me up!

I’m sorry, was the hot French women with guns bit not sexy enough for you? Well, then you should probably tune into DIARY OF A NYMPHOMANIAC, which is exactly what it sounds like…only in Spanish, which makes it sexier.
DIARY OF A NYMPHOMANIAC Saturday at midnight

Apparently there is a big football game on Sunday. That sounds exciting, but not AS exciting as Werner Herzog’s documentary GRIZZLY MAN. This Sundance classic takes a “no pads, no helmets” approach to documenting one man’s deadly obsession with grizzly bears. Perhaps the most important clip in the film is one we don’t see or hear; it’s audio of the moment our subject meets his untimely end at the paws of a bear he loves. You’ll be sad and angry by the time GRIZZLY MAN ends, but no worries…just use the three hours before kick-off to tell your parents you love them and be grateful the Bears aren’t in the Super Bowl.
GRIZZLY MAN Sunday at 1:45P

Director Steven Soderbergh’ touching tribute to monologuist Spalding Gray is a far cry from CONTAGION and it is definitely worth a watch. “I like telling the story of life more than I like living it,” Gray once said. And though all of his monologues were filled with powerful words, perhaps those were his most telling. Gray committed suicide in 2004, but this movie is a moving tribute, not a eulogy. It’s also a great introduction for anyone not familiar with one of 20th century America’s most unique voices.

Need more of an indie fix? Check out Sundance Channel’s entire schedule. You’ll definitely find something that tickles your fancy.