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Cavalry Charge #3

Your weekly list of 5 indie films that could really use your help


Lucas McNelly

Sep 30 2021

4 mins read


Welcome to this week's Cavalry Charge. The idea is simple: every week we'll tell you about 5 indie films that could use your help in some way. Check them out and if you can help them, that'd be amazing.

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A Crowdfunding Campaign

Black Butterflies (Tamara S. Hall)

We head over to Seed & Spark for a film that aims to "utilize the horror genre to transform the fear and anxiety of an expectant mother onto the audience." (emphasis theirs)

I've never been pregnant, but by wife certainly was and it's not hard to imagine turning that anxiety into something cinematic, so I'm interested in what they're able to do here.

The logline from the campaign:

When a woman becomes haunted by her sister's ailing health, she enters a real-life nightmare & must fight to be heard as her condition deteriorates. This timely story tackles the horrifying maternal mortality disparity amongst WOC, while showcasing the vulnerability, love & duplicity of Black women.

They are 64% funded with 10 days to go.

A Film to Rent on VOD

UnEarth (John C. LyonsDorota Swies)

Adrienne Barbeau and Marc Blucas star in this film about the horrors of fracking.

The relationship between two neighboring farm families are strained when one of them chooses to lease their land to an oil and gas company. In the midst of growing tension, the land is drilled, and something long dormant and terrifying, deep beneath the earth’s surface is released. “Unearth” is about the horrifying repercussions sown by short-sighted decisions, and what our children reap from our actions.

UnEarth is available on all your favorite digital platforms.

A Short Film to Watch

Yellow Belt Fury (Katherine Hughes)

Via our friends at Short of the Week, comes actress Katherine Hughes' directorial debut.

After Sofia's husband is brutally murdered during a terrestrial invasion, she asks her local sensei to train her in the art of self defense.

An Article to Read

Nuclear Family (Ry Russo-Young)

MovieMaker Magazine has a compelling article about the backstory of Ry Russo-Young's new HBO documentary in which the subject is...her.

“It was tricky to wear these different hats because in some ways I had to be as a subject who was experiencing something during the making of the movie and having feelings about everything that happened — I had to be really open and present and emotionally engaged,” she said. “But then as a director, it’s almost the opposite. As the filmmaker, you have to be aware of the whole narrative. You’re thinking about how things are constructed. So there were times that I had to talk about myself in the third person.”

The whole thing is fascinating.

A Trailer to Watch

Minyan (Eric Steel)

Courtesy of

In rapidly changing New York of the 1980s, a Russian Jewish teenager wrestles with his identity, faith, and sexuality, all of which seem irreconcilable until he befriends two closeted men in his grandfather’s senior housing complex. MINYAN is a tender portrait of self-discovery set in a rapidly changing 1980s New York. David is a 17-year-old yeshiva student living in Brooklyn with his Russian Jewish immigrant family: an overbearing mother and an abusive father. Though he has tender relationships with the senior citizens around him – a doting grandfather and a pair of elderly closeted Jewish men – David is stifled by the constraints of his conservative religious community. He seeks solace in James Baldwin books, nips of vodka, and eventually an East Village gay bar and the dashing bartender who works there. As David experiences a sexual and spiritual awakening, he begins to confront his intersecting identities as immigrant, Jew, and homosexual.

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Got a film you think we should feature? You may recommend a film by emailing lmcnelly [at] However, IF you recommend your own film you are required to submit 1 other project that is not your own film to the submissions list. There's no submission fee and also no guarantee we'll watch your movie.

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