Top 10 Festival Films You Need To See Asap

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4. SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN – Directed by Malik Bendjelloul

It sounds like a blockbuster about the worst super hero ever (“Able to leap tall Equal packets in a single bound!”), but this winner of two prizes at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival is actually a documentary about a forgotten folk musician named Rodriguez. Presumed dead for decades, Rodriguez’s music somehow found its way to South Africa, where the anti-apartheid movement fell in love with his sound and his message. Years later, two fans go in search of the missing icon. Do they find him? If I told you, you’d be searching for me because Sony Pictures Classics would have me fitted for cement shoes for spoiling it. You can find out the rest of the story when they release the film in New York and Los Angeles on July 27.

Author: Matt Singer

searching_for_sugar_manMemorial Day is less than a month away and summer movie season is just around the corner.  But if super-heroes ain't your cup of cinematic tea, don't fret: there are some excellent independent films coming out in the weeks and months ahead, and no one wears tights in any of them.


In honor of the Tribeca Film Festival, which is rolling through New York City this week, here's a list of some of 2012 festival favorites -- from Tribeca, Sundance, South by Southwest, New Directors / New Films, and Cannes -- hitting art house screens in the near future.  With movies like these to keep you busy, it'll be Labor Day (and Oscar Season) before you know it.


Author: Matt Singer10. BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD - Directed by Benh Zeitlin9. COSMOPOLIS - Directed by David Cronenberg8. GIMME THE LOOT - Directed by Adam Leon7. LOLA VERSUS - Directed by Daryl Wein6. MUD - Directed by Jeff Nichols5. SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED - Directed by Colin Trevorrow
4. SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN - Directed by Malik Bendjelloul3. TAKE THIS WALTZ - Directed by Sarah Polley2. 2 DAYS IN NEW YORK - Directed by Julie Delpy1. YOUR SISTER'S SISTER - Directed by Lynn Shelton