Ring in Independence Day with IFC’s Independents Weekend

This 4th of July weekend, The Independent Film Channel (IFC) celebrates its independence — independents, that is — with a weekend-long tribute to the best in indie film. Fire up the BBQ, get out the red, white and blue, and then come in out of the heat for a dose of cool with indie film forefathers Richard Linklater, Kevin Smith and
Neil LaBute. The fireworks begin Saturday, July 1 at 8:00PM/ET and run through the evening of Tuesday, July 4.

IFC’s “Independents Weekend” line-up includes:

The Myth of Fingerprints

Saturday, July 1 @8:00PM/ET
A “home for the holidays hell” comedy/drama enlivened by the performances of
Blythe Danner (Mad City) and Independent Spirit Award Nominee Roy Scheider
(RKO 281) as the emotionally distant parents, with Noah Wyle (TV’s ER) and
Julianne Moore (Magnolia) as two of their grown-up offspring. Directed by
Bart Freundlich.

Box of Moonlight

Saturday, July 1 @9:45PM/ET
Independent Spirit Award Nominee John Turturro (Big Lebowski) portrays an emotionally stunted engineer whose life is turned upside down by a free-spirited man-child played by Sam Rockwell (The Green Mile) in Tom DiCillo’s (Johnny Suede, Living in Oblivion) hilarious comedy. Catherine Keener (Being John Malkovich) and Dermot Mulroney (Living in Oblivion) co-star.

In the Company of Men

Sunday, July 2 @8:00PM/ET
Love it or hate it, you will definitely find yourself talking about Neil LaBute’s
(Your Friends and Neighbors) Independent Spirit Award-winning story of two junior executives – the reptilian Chad played by Aaron Eckhart (Erin Brockovich) and the weak but equally loathsome Howard portrayed by Matt Malloy (Cookie’s Fortune) – who devise a plan to get even with womankind by romancing and dumping a vulnerable co-worker.

Kicked in the Head

Sunday, July 2 @9:45PM/ET
James Woods (The Virgin Suicides), Linda Fiorentino (Dogma), Lily Taylor
(I Shot Andy Warhol) and Michael Rapaport (Beautiful Girls) give terrific supporting performances in this comedy about an aimless New York poet who becomes involved with shady drug deals, duplicitous women and the “czar” of beer distributors. Directed by Matthew Harrison.

Star Maps

Monday, July 3 @12:00AM/ET
An Independent Spirit Award Nominee, this mix of parody, family drama and surrealism directed by Miguel Arteta (Chuck & Buck) tells the story of a Mexican teenager with star aspirations who is put to work as a male prostitute on the Los Angeles streets by his scheming father.

Tuesday, July 4 @9:45PM/ET
Kevin Smith’s (Dogma, Chasing Amy) super low-budget comedy about a day in the desultory life of two convenience store clerks is everything an indie film should be — fresh, funny and utterly authentic. Look for the director as the stoic “Silent Bob.”


Tuesday, July 4 @11:30PM/ET
Written, produced and directed by Richard Linklater (SubUrbia, Dazed & Confused), this low-budget psuedo-surrealistic feature follows a day in the life of 100 creative malcontents in Austin, Texas.

The Independent Film Channel (IFC), managed and operated by Bravo Networks, is the first channel dedicated to independent film presented 24 hours a day, uncut and commercial-free. The Independent Film Channel, reaching more than 30 million homes on a full-time basis, is the most widely distributed channel dedicated to independent film on television.


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Stephanie DeCanditis