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Cavalry Charge #6

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


Lucas McNelly

Oct 21 2021

4 mins read


(Thanks to Mark Potts)

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 Jordan, a film about a mermaid that is now 104% funded!

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This week, we have 5 more indie films that could use a boost while you're boycotting Netflix over their transphobic activities.

A Crowdfunding Campaign

Brenda (Bernadette Bridges)

We start this week with a short film from poet and screenwriter Bernadette Bridges, a film that aims to give a sense of hope after this awful, awful year and a half. From the campaign page:

In June of 2020, during this pandemic, I moved across the country. I moved away from my friends, my family, and practically everyone I know. While navigating my solitude I have undergone a breakup, unemployment, and an entire identity crisis. Amidst all of this, I have found great comfort in the fleeting moments I share with strangers.
Human interaction continually offers camaraderie, even when it’s unintended. The tiny moments of my day when I interact with the people around me remind me that I’m not alone. 
When someone holds the door open. When I hear someone humming to themselves as they walk past me. When someone lets me pet their dog.

Brenda is 55% funded with 7 days to go.

A Trailer to Watch & Share

Being BeBe (Emily Branham)

Currently on the festival circuit is this documentary about the first winner of RuPaul's Drag Race.

Being BeBe intimately charts 15 years in the life of drag performer Marshall Ngwa (aka BeBe Zahara Benet): An immigrant to America from homophobic Cameroon, first champion on Reality TV phenomenon RuPaul’s Drag Race, and a leading artist celebrating Black Queer Excellence today.
Marshall’s emotional journey raises timely concerns at the intersection of LGBTQ+, BIPOC, and immigrant lives within the context of a hard-fought artist’s journey toward success against all odds.

A Short Film to Watch

Arrêt Pipi (Maarten Groen)

It's "spooky season", so we are legally obligated to show you a scary movie. There are laws. From Short of the Week comes this short about a bad encounter in a bathroom.

Inspired by Japanese urban legend Aka Manto – the tale of a ghost that roams public restrooms and offers red or blue toilet-paper to its visitors – Arrêt Pipi is a 6-minute short horror from the team that brought you Rotor. Created for Dutch broadcasters VPRO and sporting a stunning aesthetic influenced by Seventies slasher movies, Maarten Groen’s short is an atmospheric, slickly-produced film designed to thrill and chill throughout its tight run-time.

A Documentary to Watch

One Stolen Moment (Ben Friedman, Michael Runde, Ben Burkholder, and Pat Hunt)

Courtesy of Adam Gonshorowski of the Sioux City Film Festival, comes this student produced documentary about how COVID disrupted the careers of college athletes who were primed to do big things.

On the weekend of March 13, 2020, four Loras College Athletics programs were ready to cap off what could have been the most successful year in school history.
Four Loras seniors were prepared to end their collegiate careers as national champions.
We will never know what might have happened.

A Film to Review on IMDb

The Miseducation of Bindu (Prarthana Mohan)

From our friend Kay Tuxford comes this film that won the screenplay prize at the Phoenix Film Festival.

When a bullied Indian teen forges her mother's signature to test out of high school, she discovers she must pay a test fee by the 7th period, leaving her no choice but to turn to the students she desperately wants to leave.

The Miseducation of Bindu is currently streaming on Fuse.

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