Indie Roundup is your guide to what's new and upcoming in the world of independent film. Pictured above: HOWL, Heartbreaker.
Fest Scene. It's hopping, all across the nation! New York has the Tribeca Film Festival (Cinematical's Christopher Campbell previewed the documentaries), Beantown has the Independent Film Festival Boston, the City by the Bay has the San Francisco International Film Festival gearing up, and Los Angeles thrills to City of Lights City of Angels (COLCOA) and the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles.
Deals. The opening night film from this year's Sundance has now secured distribution. HOWL, starring James Franco as poet Allen Ginsberg, will see theatrical and VOD release via Oscilloscope Pictures in September, according to indieWIRE. The film was greeted indifferently at Sundance; our own Kevin Kelly was not impressed by its "unfortunately clumsy approach to adapting one of the quintessential American poems." Mary-Louise Parker, David Strathairn, and Jon Hamm also star.
French comedy Heartbreaker (L'Arnacoeur), a selection of both COLCOA and Tribeca, has been acquired by IFC Films for US distribution, indieWIRE says. It will be available via the company's IFC in Theaters program, so it'll be available both in theaters and on demand. Directed by Pascal Chaumeil, the film stars Romain Duris as the operator of a business that breaks hearts -- and relationships -- for a price. Trouble ensues when he falls for Vanessa Paradis. IFC also picked up Lena Dunham's Tiny Furniture, which had its world premiere at SXSW last month and won a couple of prizes. The full story can be found at indieWIRE.
After the jump: Watching indies from home, which leads directly to the other point. Why don't young people support independent movies in theaters?