Catch the awards on IFC Sat, Feb 21 at 2P PT / 5P ET
After receiving a sweepstakes letter in the mail, a cantankerous father (Bruce Dern) thinks he’s struck it rich, and wrangles his son (Will Forte) into taking a road trip to claim the fortune. Shot in black and white across four states, Nebraska tells the stories of family life in the heartland of America.
FILM All Is Lost
All Is Lost, an open-water thriller about one man’s battle for survival against the elements after his sailboat is destroyed at sea.
Deep into a solo voyage in the Indian Ocean, an unnamed man (Robert Redford) wakes to find his 39-foot yacht taking on water after a collision with a shipping container left floating on the high seas. With his navigation equipment and radio disabled, the man sails unknowingly into the path of a violent storm. Despite his success in patching the breached hull, his mariner’s intuition, and a strength that belies his age, the man barely survives the tempest.
Using only a sextant and nautical maps to chart his progress, he is forced to rely on ocean currents to carry him into a shipping lane in hopes of hailing a passing vessel. But with the sun unrelenting, sharks circling and his meager supplies dwindling, the ever-resourceful sailor soon finds himself staring his mortality in the face.
Mud is an adventure about two boys, Ellis and his friend Neckbone, who find a man named Mud hiding out on an island in the Mississippi. Mud describes fantastic scenarios—he killed a man in Texas and vengeful bounty hunters are coming to get him. He says he is planning to meet and escape with the love of his life, Juniper, who is waiting for him in town. Skeptical but intrigued, Ellis and Neckbone agree to help him. It isn’t long until Mud’s visions come true and their small town is besieged by a beautiful girl with a line of bounty hunters in tow.
FILM Upstream Color
A man and woman are drawn together, entangled in the lifecycle of an ageless organism. Identity becomes an illusion as they struggle to assemble the loose fragments of wrecked lives.
FILM 12 Years a Slave
12 Years A Slave is based on an incredible true story of one man’s fight for survival and freedom. In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty (personified by a malevolent slave owner, portrayed by Michael Fassbender) as well as unexpected kindnesses, Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon’s chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist (Brad Pitt) forever alters his life.
Watch the ceremony on IFC on Sat, Feb 21 2p PT/ 5p ET.
“Who is the Yellow King?” It’s the question every True Detective fan is wondering, including Spirit Award presenters Andy Samberg and Bill Hader. While on stage this past Saturday, the duo pressed Spirit Award winner Matthew McConaughey for answers. (“Please let it be a smoke monster,” said Hader). Watch them geek out below.
W.C. Fields once said, “Never work with children or animals.” Patton Oswalt can attest to the latter half. In the spirit of the freewheeling, high-flying Film Independent Spirit Awards, the comedian and host planned on handing out live birds instead of the usual winged statuettes at the ceremony. Unfortunately, the birds refused to cooperate, as…