VOD Releases for the Week of September 9th, 2013

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This week’s notable VOD releases include the music doc Sample This, the Christmas comedy All is Bright featuring Paul Giamatti and Paul Rudd, and two more docs titled Informant and Bronies.

Hit the jumo to check out the trailer, synopsis, and release date for all of this week’s movies.

Sample This – September, 13th 2013

dir. Dan Forrer
The film, narrated by Gene Simmons of KISS, tells the story of how music producer Michael Viner brought together a group of studio musicians in the 1970s to create the Incredible Bongo Band, which produced an album that went nowhere until the summer of 1973 when DJ Herc took its percussion breaks and extended them by playing them back to back. His beats became an anthem on the streets of the Bronx and ultimately the genre of hip-hop.

All is Bright – September 10th, 2013

dir. Phil Morrison
Lie, cheat, steal…it’s all part of the holiday spirit for ex-con Dennis (Paul Giamatti) and fast talker Rene (Paul Rudd) when they try to make a quick buck selling Christmas trees in New York. For Dennis it’s a chance to go straight, and for his best friend and former partner-in-crime, Rene, it’s a chance to make some easy cash so he can marry Dennis’s ex-wife. But for two not-very-bright guys now stuck together on the cold streets of Brooklyn, this holiday season may bring some of the most unexpected miracles of all.

Informant – September 13th, 2013

dir. Jamie Meltzer
Winner of Best Documentary at the 2012 Doc NYC Festival, Informant is a fascinating, gripping portrait of Brandon Darby, a radical activist turned FBI informant who has been alternately vilified and deified. In 2005, Darby became an overnight hero when he traveled to Katrina-devastated New Orleans and braved toxic floodwaters to rescue a friend stranded in the Ninth Ward. Soon after, he co-founded Common Ground, a successful grassroots relief organization. But over the next few years, he began hiding a shocking secret. After two young protestors were arrested at the 2008 Republican National Convention, Darby revealed he had been instrumental in the indictment as an FBI informant.

Bronies – September 13th, 2013

dir. Laurent Malaquais
In early 2012, John de Lancie discovered that he had been flooded with hundreds of e-mails almost overnight for his portrayal of the mischevious villain Discord in Friendship is Magic. Oddly enough, all of the mail seemed to be coming from adults! This was when he discovered Bronies for the first time, and the concept of such a unique demographic forming around a TV show fascinated him to no end. As the fandom grew, so did his curiosity. Seeking to learn more about this phenomenon, he joined forces with producer Michael Brockhoff to create a documentary, and in the process answer essential questions about the Bronies: who they were, where they came from, and what they aimed to do.