Los Angeles, as any filmmaker can tell you, can be a tough town for independent films. We love independent film here at Cinematical, and so we will do our part to make sure film fans on the left coast know when good indie films are opening near them. This weekend there are (at least) two indie films with West Coast openings.
Man Push Cart, which is going into its third week in New York City with strong per screen numbers, opens today in Los Angeles and Pasadena at Laemmle Theaters and at the Fallbrook 7 in West Hills. Man Push Cart, directed by Ramin Bahrani and starring promising newcomer Ahmad Razvi, tells the tale of a former Pakistani pop star who sells coffee and donuts out of a NYC push cart to make a living. This beautifully understated film was one of my favorites at Sundance earlier this year, and was also a fave of Roger Ebert, who liked the film so much he featured it at his own Overlooked Film Festival. If you're in NYC, the film moves this weekend from the Angelika to Village East Cinemas.
Also opening on the West Coast this weekend in Los Angeles and San Francisco is Georgia Lee's Red Doors, a film about a dysfunctional Chinese-American family whose patriarch is struggling to find meaning in life following his own retirement, and his daughters growing up. Lee and her producers financed this film themselves rather than compromise with studios on having the family be Asian-American and having one of the daughters have a lesbian romance, and they have worked overtime to market their film at the grassroots level on a tiny indie-film budget. There will be two premiere parties for the film this weekend: In San Fran, the party will be at Thai Stick tonight, and in Los Angeles there will be a party at Garden of Eden on Saturday. The cast and filmmakers will be attending screenings and doing post-show Q&As throughout opening weekend as well.
Red Doors will play in San Fran at The Clay Theater; in Los Angeles at The Music Hall, The Pasadena Playhouse, and The Encino Town Center; and is still playing New York at The Village East Cinemas. Need more info, or want to bring a whole group along? Check out the film's website.
If you go see either film, come back and let us know what you thought about them!