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Underground Film Class of 2007: Out On DVD (Part Two)

By Mike Everleth ⋅ October 6, 2009

This is the second post in a series listing films that screened at an underground film festival in 2007 that are now available on DVD. You can read Part One of the series here, which has a list of more films as well as more background information behind this series of posts.

The list below includes each film’s title, director, websites where one can buy or rent the film, the synopsis, at which festival the film screened and who is distributing the DVD.

Black Water DVD
Black Water, dir. David Nerlich & Andrew Traucki
Available: Amazon | Netflix
Synopsis: A trio out to have a good time on a lazy fishing trip instead become the next meal for a crocodile.
Screened: Melbourne
Distributor: Sony Pictures

End of the Line DVD
End of the Line, dir. Maurice Devereaux
Available: Amazon | Netflix
Synopsis: A psychiatric nurse is pursued by religious zealots who believe Armageddon has arrived and it’s their duty to dispatch all sinners to Hell.
Screened: Boston
Distributor: Critical Mass Releasing

The Glamorous Life of Sachiko Hanai DVD
The Glamorous Life of Sachiko Hanai, dir. Mitsuru Meike
Available: Amazon | Netflix
Synopsis: A prostitute transforms into an intellectual turned on by the mere mention of Noam Chomsky after getting shot in the forehead by gangsters.
Screened: Boston
Distributor: Palm Pictures

The Life of Million Dollar Babies DVD
Golden Gloves, dir. Leyla Leidecker (Released as The Life of Million Dollar Babies)
Available: Amazon | Netflix
Synopsis: A documentary following eight women as they train and compete in the 2005 Golden Gloves boxing tournament.
Screened: San Antonio
Distributor: Pathfinder Home Entertainment

The GoodTimes Kid DVD
The GoodTimes Kid, dir. Azazel Jacobs
Available: Amazon | Netflix
Synopsis: Two guys with the same name. One girl. Get to it. P.S. Azazel is the son of legendary underground filmmaker Ken Jacobs (Little Stabs at Happiness).
Screened: Chicago
Distributor: Benten Films

Johnny Was DVD
Johnny Was , dir. Mark Hammond
Available: Amazon | Netflix
Synopsis: A gangster hides out at a safe-house that isn’t so safe since it’s stuck between a Jamaican crime lord and a pirate rasta radio station.
Screened: Miami, San Antonio
Distributor: First Look Studios

Mojave Phone Booth DVD
Mojave Phone Booth, dir. John Putch
Available: Amazon | Netflix
Synopsis: Four strangers all converge on the same phone booth in the desert, which is believed to have mystical powers.
Screened: San Antonio
Distributor: Osiris Entertainment

Revolution Summer DVD
Revolution Summer, dir. Miles Montalbano
Available: Amazon | Netflix
Synopsis: Three young people search to find meaning in their lives over one summer, including a lonely gal and her new friends: a pseudo-revolutionary and a disillusioned hedonist.
Screened: Chicago
Distributor: Vanguard Cinema

Roman DVD
Roman, dir. Angela Bettis
Available: Amazon | Netflix
Synopsis: A shy welder thinks he’s found true love, only to be seriously rebuffed after which he takes up with an unstable “free spirit” of a woman.
Screened: Boston
Distributor: Echo Bridge Home Entertainment

The Short Life of Jose Antonio Gutierrez DVD
The Short Life of Jose Antonio Gutierrez, dir. Heidi Specogna
Available: Amazon | Netflix
Synopsis: A documentary about the first casualty in the Iraq War, a Latino immigrant from Guatemala who joined the Marines to become a U.S. citizen.
Screened: Atlanta
Distributor: Atopia