Wondering which films to watch? Spotlight presents thematically grouped, must see films, hand-picked by Fandor's curators.
Phillip the Fossil
Last Train Home
The Sheik and I
Spotlight on SXSW
South by Southwest will always hold a special place in team Fandor's heart - we launched there in 2010 and identify with the event's innovative nature and independent spirit. Held each March in Austin, TX, South by Southwest, or SXSW as it's affectionally called, celebrates the intersection of film, tech and music. Originally founded as a music event in 1987, the festival began showing films in 1994 and has since attracted visitors the world over with its eclectic mix of edgy fare, works by up-and-coming talent, mind-blowing docs and wild Midnight movies.
The Sheik and ICommissioned by a Middle Eastern Biennial to make a film on the theme of "art as a subversive act," independent filmmaker Caveh Zahedi goes overboard. Told that he can do whatever he wants except make fun of the Sheik of Sharjah (who rules the country and finances the Biennial), Zahedi decides to...Watch Movie
Something VenturedConceived by co-executive producer Paul Holland and directed by Emmy Award winning filmmakers Dan Geller and Dayna Goldfine, SOMETHING VENTURED tells the story of the creation of an industry that went on to become the single greatest engine of innovation and economic growth in...Watch Movie
Natural SelectionWinner of the Grand Jury and Audience Awards at SXSW and nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards, including Best Actress for Rachael Harris, NATURAL SELECTION is a wonderfully irreverent comedy about a devoted Texas housewife whose carefully ordered world is turned upside...Watch Movie
MarwencolOutside a small bar in Kingston, New York, Mark Hogancamp was beaten nearly to death, his memories wiped away. Seeking recovery, he builds Marwencol, a miniature World War II-era town filled with doll versions of his friends, fantasies and even his attackers. As he documents the town’s dramas...Watch Movie
Putty HillA beautifully realized portrait of a close-knit community on the outskirts of Baltimore, PUTTY HILL is the second feature from celebrated young filmmaker Matt Porterfield. At a neighborhood karaoke bar, friends and family gather to remember a young man who passed away. Knowing little about his...Watch Movie
Last Train HomeEvery spring, China's cities are plunged into chaos as 130 million migrant workers journey to their home villages for the New Year's holiday. This mass exodus is the world's largest human migration, an epic spectacle that reveals a country tragically caught between its rural past and industrial...Watch Movie
BeeswaxBEESWAX revolves around the personal and professional entanglements of twin sisters Jeannie and Lauren (played by extraordinary newcomers Tilly and Maggie Hatcher) living in Austin, Texas. Jeannie co-owns a bright, candy-colored vintage clothing store. When a conflict with her business partner...Watch Movie
MojadosA stunning documentary, filmed over the course of ten days, following four men into the world of illegal border-crossing from Mexico to United States. Alongside Bear, Tiger, Handsome and Old Man, director Tommy Davis takes a 120 mile cross-desert journey that has been traveled innumerable times...Watch Movie
FrontierAfter their feature debut PLASTIC UTOPIA was deemed too strange by most festival programmers, the brothers Zellner responded like any truly independent, outsider filmmakers would: by making something even stranger. Filtering Soviet propaganda through a mouthful of powerful East Texas...Watch Movie