New Indie Movies: 'Zola' and Other Gems

As the summer heats up, so too are the new indie movies you can now watch. Here are all the great indie movies now available in theaters or on-demand.

Matt Lissauer

By Matt Lissauer

New Indie Movies - "Zola"

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The latest crop of new indie movies offers summer fun for everyone. There's a trend-worthy road trip, a unique seabound mammal, a feel-good concert event, some campfire thrills, and one long, hot day in L.A. Take your picks, or choose them all, from our picks of all the best newly available indie movies that you can watch right now.

  • Noovie's Indie Movie Pick: Zola
    Taylour Paige in "Zola."

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    It all started as a tweet. It then became an epic thread (warning: that link contains adult language) that got everyone talking. Before long, the media picked it up, and one Rolling Stone article later, here we are. Director Janicza Bravo brings us this road trip that's unlike anything you've experienced. Taylour Paige stars as the eponymous Tweeter Zola, and Riley Keough plays the stripper that took her on a wild ride to Tampa.

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Zola

Drama / 2020 / R

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  • The Loneliest Whale
    The mysterious 52 Hertz whale in "The Loneliest Whale."

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    Filmmaker Joshua Zeman ("Cropsey," TV's "The Killing Season") goes into the deep to investigate a unique whale. A mystery to scientists, the whale of unknown species is the only known whale that calls out at 52 Hz. No other whale makes calls at this frequency, leaving scientists and the media to dub the poor soul "the world's loneliest whale."

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    The Loneliest Whale

    Documentary / 2021 / PG

  • Fear Street Part Two: 1978
    Ted Sutherland and Sadie Sink in "Fear Street Part Two: 1978"

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    All month long Netflix is dropping a new trilogy of terror. Taken from the books of YA thrill master R.L. Stine, "Fear Street" revolves around two friends who discover that the creepy occurrences around their town are all connected. This week's chapter takes us to a summer camp in 1978. Expect some fun callbacks to past camp-set slasher flicks from the '70s and '80s. "Part Three" drops next week and is set during the creepy year of 1666.

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    Fear Street Part Two: 1978

    Horror / 2021 / R

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  • Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)
    Tony Lawrence hosting the Harlem Cultural Festival in 1969 - "Summer of Soul."

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    Roots bandleader Questlove puts down his drumsticks and picks up a camera with his acclaimed directorial debut. "Summer of Soul" showcases a forgotten cultural and concert series that took place in Harlem during the same summer that hippies flocked upstate to Woodstock. The footage sat in a basement for 50 years and is now finally getting its chance in the sun. For more vibes, check out our list of movies that'll keep you rockin'.

  • Summertime
    Tyris Winter in "Summertime."

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    Director Carlos López Estrada ("Blindspotting," "Raya and the Last Dragon") takes us through a long, hot summer day in LA, as the lives of 27 young Angelinos intersect. Based on a spoken-word showcase, "Summertime" infuses free-verse with a "Slacker" like vibe.

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    Summertime

    Comedy Drama / 2020 / R

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Hot Indie Trailer: Nitram

Our list of the buzziest movies at Cannes couldn't feature them all. One such buzzworthy film is Justin Kurzel's ("True History of the Kelly Gang") suburban drama "Nitram." Following the lonely life of the titular character played by Caleb Landry-Jones, "Nitram," at first, might seem inconsequential. But, the film's bleak and isolated nature becomes all the more frightening when you realize this boy will go on to carry out one of the deadliest mass shootings in Australian history.

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Matt Lissauer

Matt Lissauer

Matt Lissauer is a writer & data manager for Noovie. When he is not busy writing listicles, Matt is enjoying life in New Jersey with his lovely wife and three kids.

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