Netflix Ramps Up Indie Film Offering With Sarah Hyland, Melissa Leo Films

Hyland stars in a story set at an EDM festival.

Netflix is gaining momentum with its assault on Hollywood, and the traditional film and TV models. The streaming service made big waves with two of its first dips into original programming, House of Cards and Orange is the New Black, two shows both three-seasons deep with huge followings and pop culture impact. Now it's supplementing that TV growth with aggressive plays into film, not only with big names: Netflix has begun to acquire notable indie projects.

The company has so far been quite progressive when it comes to letting niche creative talent have the freedom to make fresh stories, but it's also jumped for bigger names such as Adam Sandler that will likely pull in the money necessary to fund the smaller indie projects. No stranger to cult hits such as Arrested Development (for which Netflix hosted the fourth season) and Degrassithough, it seems as though there's a strong push being made to have that next cult hit originate on its own servers.

Add these strong plays to the recent news that Marriott and Netflix are teaming up to bring streaming directly to every Marriott room's TV, and world domination suddenly doesn't seem that far-fetched for Netflix. OK, maybe just entertainment world domination.

Here are a few of the new acquisitions:


An untitled "hopelessly romantic" story set at a huge EDM festival.

Starring Sarah Hyland (Modern Family), Graham Phillips (The Good Wife) and Chris D'Elia (Undateable), the film follows six strangers at XOXO, a big ol' rave festival, whose paths inevitably cross due to music, love, drugs and what have you. Netflix is planning for release for sometime in the fourth quarter of 2015.

A psychological thriller about a self-help retreat that gets weird.

Classic guy-in-over-his-head in Rebirth, which follows an ordinary dude on a weekend self-help retreat that takes a series of bizarre turns. This will also get a release date sometime in the fourth quarter of 2015.

A true story about the most hated woman in America.

Starring Melissa Leo, The Most Hated Woman In America tells the true story of Madalyn Murray O'Hair, who was an incredibly outspoken atheist advocating for separation of church and state. The film will hit sometime in 2016.

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