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Cavalry Charge #4

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


Lucas McNelly

Oct 07 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.

Last week, we featured the Seed & Spark campaign for Black Beauties and we're thrilled to tell you it hit the green light! There's still time to get them all the way to 100%.

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A Crowdfunding Campaign

Hot Wing Redemption

Courtesy of Emily Best comes this heartwarming, inspiring campaign by Wild and Free at The Arc of High Point, "a transitional education program for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities."

As part of their education, the students are making an animated short film. And not just any short film, but a film imagined, created, and performed by adults with disabilities. Not actors pretending to be disabled. This is true representation in media.

Drunk and ill prepared to fight, a group of superheroes have to defend themselves against a surprise attack from their arch nemesis. The situation comes to a head when the rivals discover they must work together to fight a battle they never saw coming.

According to the campaign page, this film involves hot wings, superheroes, and the 90's. So, you know, the trifecta.

Here's the campaign video.

Hot Wing Redemption is 47% funded with 4 days to go.

A VOD Rental

Gaia (Jaco Bouwer)

Shot in South Africa, Gaia premiered at SXSW, where it won the cinematography award (and for good reason).

An injured forest ranger on a routine mission is saved by two off-the-grid survivalists. What is initially a welcome rescue grows more suspicious as the son and his renegade father reveal a cultish devotion to the forest. When their cabin is attacked by a strange being it's clear there is a far greater threat in this unrelenting wilderness.

Gaia is available to rent wherever you rent things.

A Short Film to Watch

Imaginary Bullets (Sean Oliver)

From Mesa, AZ, courtesy of AJ Young, comes an imaginative short film about a scenario where imaginary bullets become real.

Two children are among the first of humanity to discover a shocking phenomenon, but as the world spirals into chaos they discover something with the potential to change everything in this new bleak reality. “Imaginary Bullets” is a world where cheesy hand gestures mean serious business and taking a life is as easy as think, point, shoot.

A Short Film to Watch II

Ark Exitus (Johnny Yong Bosch)

Developed in a week as a thank you to his fans, Johnny Yong Bosch's new short is available for free on YouTube. The synopsis:

To escape a dying world, they must invade ours. Doppelgängers from a parallel universe have secretly assumed the identities of their opposites. To stop the threat of a mass invasion, STRUCTURE, a covert agency that polices interdimensional travel, has sent its best assassin.

A Film to Rate on IMDb

A Girl, a Boy, a Penny and a Very, Very, Very Long Road (Julia Beney)

When a film starts with this title card, we almost have to put it in the newsletter.


Julia Beney's debut is definitely low-budget. It was made for roughly $14K.

A whimsical road-trip drama about grief, mental health, lost dreams, and the unanswerable question of who we truly are. This heartfelt quirky drama is an indie film that inspires trust, self-love, and bravery.

Check out the trailer.

You can watch the film for free on Tubi and when you're done, head on over to IMDb and rate it!

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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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