In this week's edition of Indie Roundup, we look back on a busy week for acquisitions, upcoming film awards, and two fests.
Deals. The Garden, nominated this year for an Academy Award for Best Documentary, was picked up by Oscilloscope and will be released to theaters in the spring and on DVD this summer, according to indieWIRE. Directed by Scott Hamilton Kennedy, the film follows a long court battle to save the South Central Farm, a community produce garden that sprang up in the wake of the 1992 riots in Los Angeles.
With the unfortunate demise of New Yorker Films, Nuri Bilge Ceylan's critically-acclaimed Three Monkeys will now be distributed by Zeitgeist Films. The theatrical release planned for this month will be delayed to April.
Other films receiving deals, per indieWIRE, with distributor and release dates noted: Roger Spottiswoode's Shake Hands with the Devil (Regent Releasing, Summer 2009); Lee Isaac Chung's Munyurangabo (Film Movement, late May 2009); and John Walter's Theater of War (Alive Mind, April 2009)
Awards. What, you thought the Academy Awards had the final word? Still to come are the Cinema Eye Honors on Sunday, March 29. Given in celebration of nonfiction films and filmmakers, the nominees include cinematographers, editors, composers, and graphic designers.
Box Office. In its second week of release at a single theater in New York, Andrzej Wajda's historical drama Katyn increased its take, earning $14,206. That indicates strong word of mouth. "Katyn is the name of the forest where the Soviets secretly murdered 15,000 Polish officers, intellectuals and professionals over a 3-day period in 1940 (Wajda's father among them)," according to publicity materials for the film. Distributor Koch-Lorber Films has more information. The dramatic trailer is embedded below.
After the jump: A tale of two festivals: Tribeca and True/False.