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New Indie Titles, April 1: ‘John Lennon: Rare and Unseen’ and More

By :Billy Gil | Posted: 01 Apr 2010

Title: John Lennon: Rare and Unseen
Genre: Documentary
Studio: MVD
Street date: 5/18
Price/Format: $14.95 DVD

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This DVD collects rare footage, photographs and newsreels of Lennon during his solo career, including: “Man of the Decade,” which aired only once, in 1969, according to MVD; “Aquarius”; “Weekend World”; and “Frost.” The DVD also includes opinions from Phil Collins, Len Goodman and Tony Barrow.

Title: Fish Out of Water
Genre: Documentary
Studio: First Run
Street date: 4/20
Price/Format: $24.95 DVD

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Here’s a documentary that breaks down seven key passages from the Bible that are used in anti-gay sentiments. Filmmaker Ky Dickens interviews theologians and members of the gay and lesbian community alike in her exploration.

Title: Phyllis and Harold
Genre: Documentary
Studio: Breaking Glass
Street date: 5/25
Prebook date: 5/4
Price/Format: $24.99 DVD

This film tells of a disastrous 59-year marriage through the use of family movies, interviews and animation.

Title: Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman
Genre: Documentary
Studio: New Video
Street date: 5/25
Prebook: 4/27
Price/Format: $26.95 DVD

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Narrated by Dustin Hoffman, this doc celebrates architectural photographer Julius Shulman, who photographed the work of major progressive architects such Frank Lloyd Wright, Richard Neutra, John Lautner and Frank Gehry.

Title: Toe To Toe
Genre: Drama
Studio: Strand Releasing
Street date: 6/8
Prebook: 5/11
Price/Format: $27.99 DVD

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Set in Washington, D.C., this film explores issues of race, class and sexuality in a coming-of-age story about two girls — one an black youth from the blighted Anacostia area, the other a rich white kid from the suburbs — on the same lacrosse team who find they’re dating the same boy. The film has received praise from the likes of The Village Voice, Time Out New York, The Hollywood Reporter and The Huffington Post.


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