Streaming Video Top Picks: Film Festival Favorites
OverDrive is proud to call Cleveland, Ohio home. To help support our community, Team OverDrive participates in local events like the Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF). Along with the Cuyahoga County Public Library and the Cleveland PBS and NPR affiliates, OverDrive is excited to sponsor screenings of the documentary I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story about Sesame Street puppeteer Caroll Spinney at the 39th Annual CIFF.
The film festival is one of my favorite things to do in Cleveland and I’m always introduced to interesting documentaries, independent and foreign films that I otherwise may not have watched. Can’t make it to a film festival? OverDrive’s streaming video catalog has a large variety of titles, including top picks from the film festival circuit.
To sample these titles simply click on the jacket cover. Some video samples include strong language and violence.
French whimsical dramedy with English subtitles, based on the novel of the same name by Boris Vian.
Bawdy independent American comedy about two very different brothers, dealing with the death of their father and the house they inherited. Features former Law & Order: SVU star Christopher Meloni as an eccentric lawyer.
An American documentary about the real man that inspired the classic crime drama Dog Day Afternoon.
The Crash Reel
My personal favorite movie from the 2013 CIFF, The Crash Reel is a heart wrenching American documentary about snowboarder Kevin Pearce dealing with a traumatic brain injury and the impact it has on his career, his family, and his future.
A charming British comedy about a grumpy elderly man that begrudgingly joins a local choir.
When Day Breaks
A Serbian drama with English subtitles about a music professor that makes a shocking discovery about his past that traces back to the Holocaust. Winner of the “George Gund III Memorial Central and Eastern Film Competition” at the 37th CIFF in 2013.
Shepard & Dark
An American documentary about the friendship and interconnected lives of playwright Sam Shepard and Johnny Dark.
More than Honey
A Swiss documentary that offers an in-depth look at honeybees and examining the decade long decline in the bee population.
Last Call at the Oasis
An American documentary about the world’s water crisis.
If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle
A Romanian drama with English subtitles chronicling family dynamics, life and love of a teenage prisoner. Winner of the “George Gund III Memorial Central and Eastern Film Competition” at the 35th CIFF in 2011.
Melissa Marin is a Marketing Specialist at OverDrive.