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February 07, 2015 7:30 am

2015 is projected to be the biggest year for blockbuster films; which shouldn’t be too surprising. It seems like we have nothing but reboots, sequels, and franchise films to look forward to later this year. Some of them have attracted our undivided attention—who hasn’t seen the new Star Wars trailers?—and there’s no shortage of superhero films to spruce up your summer. But, with the box office boasting so many big titles, it’s easy to let smaller, indie films slip under your radar. Here are nine of the buzziest indie films happening this year!

I Am Michael

James Franco stars as a gay activist and magazine founder who struggles with his sexuality and ends up becoming a pastor in this biopic based on the New York Times magazine article “My Ex-Gay Friend.” The film, which also stars Zachary Quinto, “cuts to the heart of the self-doubt, fear and prejudice associated with modern homosexuality,” according to Variety, and promises to “rile viewers and provoke discussion on all sides.”

Air

A sci-fi thriller featuring Norman Reedus and Djimon Hounsou as two custodians clinging to their sanity while living in an underground bunker. The Walking Dead writer Robert Kirkman produces the film, and from the looks of the trailer, it’s bound to get intense.

Brooklyn

Set in 1950s Ireland, a young woman named Ellis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan) is torn between two men and two countries. Nick Hornby adapted the screenplay from New York Times Bestseller Colm Toibin’s novel. The film also stars Emory Cohen from The Place Beyond the Pines.

Z for Zachariah

A post-apocalyptic drama that centers on a love triangle among Earth’s last known survivors, played by Margot Robbie and Chiwetel Ejiofor. The film is adapted from the novel of the same name. A character who did not originate from the novel is included in the film, but said character is played by Chris Pine, so we’re not complaining.

Slow West

Kodi Smit-McPhee and Michael Fassbender star in this Western thriller where a 16-year-old searches for the woman he loves across 19th Century America accompanied by a mysterious traveler. The film was shot in New Zealand, which means the cinematography will be nothing but gorgeous.

I Smile Back

A family on the edge of destruction doesn’t sound like typical Sarah Silverman fare, but the comedian stars as Laney Brooks, a mother who struggles with suburban life, in this adaptation of Amy Koppleman’s second novel.

Carol

In 1950s New York, a department store clerk falls for an older, married woman. Drama ensues. Based off Patricia Highsmith’s novel The Price of Salt, Rooney Mara plays Therese and Cate Blanchett plays the titular Carol.

The End of the Tour

This highly-anticipated drama follows late novelist David Foster Wallace (played by Jason Segel) and a Rolling Stone journalist (played by Jesse Eisenberg) on a five-day book tour. We’re getting ready for some major feels.

Last Days in the Desert

The craziest/most intriguing/possibly most blasphemous entry to Sundance this year was Last Days in the Desert; an imagined chapter from the Bible. Scottish actor Ewan McGregor will star as both Satan and Jesus. Prepare for a wild ride.

Anais C. Corrales grew up in a Latino, Military family. She’s the eldest of four children, studies writing at the Savannah College of Art and Design, and struggles to find jeans that fit her petite frame. Her passions include: film, food, street style, reading, and, of course, writing. Her hair colors have included: blue, pink, indigo, purple, and red. She wants to write essay collections, novels, short films, video games, and web comics.

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