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Indie filmmaking can present so many challenges – in funding, in finishing, in finding its audience – that it is always important to highlight and celebrate success stories when they emerge. The New Music is a prominent Irish example, a film and crew that have worked through the process of independent film over several years, and through innovative approaches and, as should be at the core of all filmmaking, vibrant ideas and messages at its heart. It has been through a crowdfunding journey, been celebrated on the festival circuit at home and abroad and staged a successful screening at the Irish Film Institute. Now the film has secured distribution in Ireland and the UK, and we are looking forward to hearing more about when this story of punk, Parkinson’s and friendship will be available widely to watch.

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Director: Chris McCoy Starring: Zoey Deutch, Nicholas Braun, Mateo Arias, Israel Broussard Running time: 86 minutes

Netflix has recently added Good Kids, an indie summer-before-college film that was released last year (2016). Unlike many films about teenagers, the characters could actually be real people. They speak realistically, they dress realistically (but still feel connected to the aesthetic of the film) and they go to parties that feel like a big deal without being Generation-X level ridiculous. The whole film just comes across as genuine, while still being compelling to watch (which indie can unfortunately struggle with!) Good Kids is a funny, sweet take on the ‘quarter-life crisis’.

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