Welcome to The (Mostly) Indie Film Calendar, a weekly look at what's happening beyond the multiplexes all around North America. 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.

There are a few indie films being released theatrically this weekend, so if watching The Rock become a babysitter or seeing Jamie Foxx do CSI: Saudi Arabia doesn't interest you, here's what else you can see:
  • Lust, Caution, Ang Lee's new film, opens in New York after getting plenty of advance publicity due to its NC-17 rating. Cinematical's James Rocchi reviewed it at Toronto, calling it "a challenging piece of cinema that also thrills, a complicated bold work that's bigger than its problems."
  • Trade is a sobering look at the business of transporting sex slaves from into the United States from Mexico, starring Kevin Kline as a Texas man looking for his daughter. It premiered at Sundance this year and has played at several other festivals since then.
  • The Price of Sugar, a documentary designed to make you feel guilty for eating sugar because of the impoverished Haitian immigrants forced to harvest it in the Dominican Republic, won an audience award at South By Southwest and opens today in New York.
  • Raising Flagg, a domestic comedy starring Alan Arkin, has been kicking around for a couple years. It played for a week or two in Portland-area theaters in October 2005 (it was shot here) and is now finally getting a slightly larger release: L.A., Phoenix, Dallas, and Denver today; Bakersfield, Salt Lake City, Milwaukee, and Raleigh next week.
After the jump, a rundown of some of the special indie-film events happening this week in L.A., New York, Austin, Vancouver, Edmonton, New Jersey, and Atlanta....
categories Features, Cinematical