Aw, poor Dan Byrd. The kid who had such a tough time getting through high school in Easy A is having teenage misfit woes all over again in Norman, the second feature by director Jonathan Segal. Byrd stars as the title character, who’s just lost his mother to a car accident and whose father (Richard Jenkins) is dying of cancer. When Norman accidentally starts a rumor around school that he has stomach cancer, he finds himself dealing with the consequences. Along the way, he falls in love with a beautiful classmate (Emily VanCamp) who becomes the best thing in his life.

Indie coming-of-age dramedies are a dime a dozen, but early reviews have praised Norman for setting itself apart through strong performances and a genuinely moving story — not to mention its sweet soundtrack, by indie rock star Andrew Bird. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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Died Young, Stayed Pretty Movie Trailer


Currently on a winding tour of the nation’s universities, Died Young, Stayed Pretty is a doc about the faceless artists and personalities responsible for the modern day rock poster and maintaining its relevance as a populist artform. The trailer below ebbs in and around a central theme of the film: this is a subculture that seemingly had very little organization, correspondence, and insider-identity before the web came along. After that, these artists, dare we say normal people, fled to one another and soon began experimenting with bold sexual acts and illegal substances attributed to many of their subjects. Actually, no. It appears they just met inside workshops and at picnic tables to debate the ubiquity of octopi and the color pink in their oft-hipsterized medium. For some reason, the shoegazer-styled trailer makes lowkey human discussion enticing

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