Steamy Streaming: Hulu Indies

Hulu Is Steeping Up Its Indies Game

BY: Zak Wojnar

In 2019, all of the streaming sites are stepping up to the plate in an effort to compete for global eyeballs. Netflix is investing in an endless outpouring of new content, Amazon Prime is doubling down on its roster of original shows, and Hulu is putting a greater effort into building a back catalog of acclaimed movies. Here are five of our favorite Indie darlings available to stream on Hulu right now.

Skate Kitchen

This punk rock skate movie blurs the lines between feature and documentary; a fully-scripted feature from acclaimed documentary filmmaker Crystal Moselle (The Wolfpack), the film is essentially an expansion of her short film, That One Day, which starred the real-life Skate Kitchen crew as fictionalized versions of themselves.Throw in Jaden Smith, a genuine Hollywood prince, and the result is a sincere coming-of-age story which appeals to the hip, the squares, and everyone in between.

Tangerine

An innovative piece of DIY filmmaking, Tangerine was shot on iPhones and edited using Final Cut Pro. With a budget of $100,000, the film truly captures the dingy reality of transgendered sex workers on the unforgiving streets of Hollywood, where glamour and desolation stand side-by-side.

Little Miss Sunshine

One part raucous road trip, and one part heartwarming family drama, Little Miss Sunshine is like an indie version of National Lampoon’s Vacation; a cross-country trip goes wrong at every turn, leading to bonding, comedy, drama, and the uplifting celebration of the differences between family members bringing them closer via dysfunction. It’s a classic; what’s not to love?

Requiem for a Dream

The legend goes that director Darren Aronofsky purchased the rights to the seminal 1997 anime film, Perfect Blue, with the intent of making a live-action version; though these plans ultimately fell through, he did famously copy a scene from the Japanese feature for his 2000 drug-addiction drama, Requiem for a Dream. An absolute downer of a movie with little to offer in entertainment value, it’s nonetheless a striking piece of emotional storytelling with incredible visuals (thanks in part to the anime influence) and amazing acting performances from Jennifer Connelly, Ellen Burstyn, and Marlon Wayans.

Blue Jasmine

There’s not much to like about late-era Woody Allen, whether we’re talking about his on screen performances, directing gigs, or especially his behind-the-scenes shenanigans. Blue Jasmine is like a diamond in the rough, but we won’t blame you if you don’t want to watch Louis C.K. being directed by Woody Allen. At Provokr, we’re not really fans of the reductive word “problematic,” but we think that describes this pretty well. In this regard, it’s almost a shame Blue Jasmine is such a good movie, since it’s so hard to enjoy thanks to how much Allen and C.K. suck as human beings.