Our friends at SundanceNOW have been generous to Popdose the past couple of years, offering giveaways to readers of some of the thoughtful and thought provoking films streaming on their website. So when they asked me to post an announcement about the IFC films that were recently nominated for Independent Spirit Awards, I said, “You betcha.”

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The nominees for the 29th annual celebration of independent film were announced on November 26 and the list includes 8 nominations for 5 of this year’s IFC Films titles! Those nominations are:

Blue Caprice (nominated for Best First Feature)

Blue is the Warmest Color (Best International Film)

Crystal Fairy (nominated for Best Female Lead; Gaby Hoffmann & the John Cassavetes Award)

Frances Ha (nominated for Best Feature & Best Editing)

Una Noche (Best Editing, Best First Feature)

IFC thingBlue is the Warmest Color and Una Noche are currently playing in select theaters. However, the other three films are available now to rent and stream on SundanceNOW. Below are the links to get to the other three films.

BLUE CAPRICE: http://www.sundancenow.com/film/blue-caprice/1206

Official synopsis from the Blue Caprice website:

The striking feature film debut of writer-director Alexandre Moors, Blue Caprice is a harrowing yet restrained psychological thriller about an abandoned boy lured to America into the shadows of a dangerous father figure. Inspired by true events, Blue Caprice investigates the notorious and horrific Beltway sniper attacks from the point of view of the two killers, whose distorted father-son relationship facilitated their long and bloody journey across America.

Marked by captivating performances by Isaiah Washington and Tequan Richmond, lyrical camerawork, and a unique and bold structure, Blue Caprice documents the mechanisms that lead its subjects to embrace physical violence. Blue Caprice paints a riveting portrait of 21st-century America and a haunting depiction of two cold-blooded killers that will endure long after the lights come up.

CRYSTAL FAIRY: http://www.sundancenow.com/film/crystal-fairy/1190

Synopsis from the IFC Crystal Fairy page:

On a trip through Chile a boorish American expat named Jamie (Michael Cera) and three Chilean brothers plan to set off in search of the prized San Pedro cactus and its promise of beachy hallucinations. But in the previous night’s drunken stupor Jamie invites a free- spirited fellow American (Gaby Hoffmann) along on their mescaline-driven road trip, and her devil-may-care worldview gives them more of an adventure than any of them had bargained for.

FRANCES HA: http://www.sundancenow.com/film/frances-ha/1241

Synopsis from the IFC Frances Ha page:

Frances (Greta Gerwig) lives in New York, but she doesn’t really have an apartment. Frances is an apprentice for a dance company, but she¹s not really a dancer. Frances has a best friend named Sophie, but they aren’t really speaking anymore. Frances throws herself headlong into her dreams, even as their possible reality dwindles. Frances wants so much more than she has but lives her life with unaccountable joy and lightness. FRANCES HA is a modern comic fable that explores New York, friendship, class, ambition, failure, and redemption.

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