Indie Films to Watch This Valentine’s Day Weekend

Posted on February 12, 2010
It’s almost Valentine’s Day and we thought we’d share just a short list of some ITVS films that explore the power of love and relationships. Whether you can’t wait to celebrate this weekend or believe that Valentine’s Day is nothing more than an exploitation of mass consumerism, we think these films will warm the hearts of even the biggest cynics! Check out these clips below and feel the love... Happy Valentine's Day! Herb & Dorothy By Megumi Sasaki He was a postal clerk. She was a librarian. With modest means, this couple managed to build one of the most important modern art collections in history. Meet Herbert and Dorothy Vogel, whose shared passion and commitment defied stereotypes and redefined what it means to be an art collector. Learn more about Herb & Dorothy >> Daddy & Papa By Johnny Symons Daddy & Papa explores the growing phenomenon of gay fatherhood in the ever-changing landscape of the American family. This intimate and compelling film delves into challenges such as surrogacy, foster care, interracial adoption, gay marriage and divorce, and the battle for full legal status as parents. Learn more about Daddy & Papa >> Steal a Pencil for Me By Michèle Ohayon They say, “Love conquers all.” Or at least that’s what Jack Polak thought while struggling for survival in a Nazi concentration camp. Jack, his wife Manja and his new love, Ina, all end up living in the same barracks. When Jack's wife objects to the relationship, in spite of their unhappy marriage, Jack and Ina resort to writing secret love letters, which gives them the strength to survive. Academy Award-nominee Michele Ohayon (Colors Straight Up, 1997) tells this daring tale of unusual love, war and the human condition. Learn more about Steal a Pencil for Me Still Life With Animated Dogs By Paul Fierlinger Still Life With Animated Dogs traces the filmmaker's tumultuous life from Stalinist Czechoslovakia to the United States as seen through his relationships with his dogs. It is Fierlinger's loyalty and caring for his dog that sustains him even in an atmosphere of oppression and suspicion. Each dog serves as a marker of its master's personal growth from a misanthrope to an artist who appreciates the divine powers of nature. A 2001 Peabody Award winner. Watch the full-length film on Hulu >>


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