Welcome to The (Mostly) Indie Film Calendar, a weekly look at what's happening beyond the multiplexes across this great land of ours. If you know of something indie-related happening near you -- a local festival, a series of classic restored films, lectures, workshops, etc. -- send the info to me at Eric.Snider(at)weblogsinc(dot)com and I'll add it to the list.
New York City: Hal Ashby directed some memorable films in the '70s, including Harold & Maude, Shampoo, Coming Home, and Being There. But his first feature, released in 1970, was The Landlord, a satirical look at race relations in America. There's a good chance you've never seen it, and a better-than-good chance you've never seen it on the big screen. Well, now's your chance (if you're in New York, anyway), as it's playing through Tuesday at Film Forum.
Are you familiar with the works of Turkish director Zeki Demirkubuz? Don't be embarrassed if you're not! He hasn't heard of you either. Seven of his films are screening this week in a series at the Walter Reade Theater called "Mental Minefields: The Dark Tales of Zeki Demirkubuz." The director himself will be on hand for some of the showings, and a discussion of his work will be held Saturday at 3 p.m. Now's your chance to find out who he is and avoid further embarrassment when your friends have discussions about Turkish cinema.
After the jump, a rundown of what's happening this week in L.A., Milwaukee, Austin, South Dakota, Portland, and even Calgary....