Indie Roundup reviews the past week of news from the independent film community and provides a peek at what's coming soon.
Friday Openings. Fox Searchlight opens Marc Webb's romantic comedy (500) Days of Summer on 27 screens in selected cities (Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Toronto, and Washington DC). Also in limited engagements: John-Luke Montias' crime story Off Jackson Avenue; Max Farberbock's drama A Woman in Berlin; Boaz Yakin's family drama Death in Love; and Eileen Yaghoobrian's very good doc Died Young, Stayed Pretty, about rock music poster artists, which I saw at SXSW and can recommend highly.
Deals. Overcoming negative reviews at Sundance, John Krasinski's Brief Interviews with Hideous Men has been acquired by IFC, which will release it in theaters and via on demand. Look for it September 25. Another Sundance '09 title, Oren Moverman's The Messenger, has been picked up by Oscilloscope, which plans an awards campaign in November for actors Ben Foster, Samantha Morton, and Woody Harrelson, as well as director/writer Moverman and co-scripter Alessandro Camon. [All details available at indieWIRE.]
Online / On-Demand Viewing. Margaret Brown's excellent doc Townes Van Zandt: Be Here to Love Me is available for free online viewing at Pitchfork TV for one week. It's a captivating portrait of a little-known artist and the "awkwardness of his genius," as Christopher Campbell aptly wrote in his review. If you're in the mood for some fictional thrills of the criminal heist kind, check out Wild Seven, with Robert Forster and Richard Roundtree, available for free at Babelgum for the month.
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