Indie Roundup is your weekly guide to what's new and upcoming in the independent film world. (Clockwise from upper left: Videocracy, The Greatest, Crazy Heart, Prodigal Sons,)
Deals. The past seven days have been busy, according to our friends at indieWIRE. Erik Gandini's documentary Videocracy will open in New York City on February 12, via its deal with Lorber Films, and will then roll out across the country. The film examines the media culture in Italy; Todd Brown at Twitch calls it "riveting viewing, at times bizarre, at other times horrifying, but always impossible to turn away from." NSFW trailer after the jump.
Theatrical rights to Shana Feste's The Greatest were picked up by Paladin, which plans a late March release followed by an early April expansion. Pierce Brosnan and Susan Sarandon star as parents dealing with the tragic death of their teenage son; Carey Mulligan (An Education) gives a "sharp, honest" performance as the girlfriend left behind, according to Eric D. Snider, who felt the movie itself is "an uncomfortable misfire."
Kimberly Reed's prize-winning doc Prodigal Sons was acquired by First Run Features, which will release it in late February. Prodigal Sons "sees the filmmaker grappling with her insecurities as a trans person outside her comfort zone," wrote Ed Gonzalez in The Village Voice. "Reed's high school reunion forces her to reconnect with the community that knew her only as a basketball-playing jock, but her struggle doesn't end there."
George A. Romero's latest zombie flick, Survival of the Dead, landed a deal with Magnet Releasing, the genre releasing arm of Magnolia Pictures. Mike Bracken at our sister site Horror Squad has the details and a clip.
After the jump: Crazy numbers.