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. (Please put "Cinematical" somewhere in the subject line so I can separate you from all the effing spam I get.)

First, a few indie films are opening theatrically today, all of them noteworthy in some way:
  • My Kid Could Paint That, a documentary about a 4-year-old modern artist and the controversies surrounding her work, sold for nearly $2 million after it premiered at Sundance. Cinematical's Scott Weinberg reviewed it then and said it "gets exponentially more entertaining as each successive question and contradiction is offered." (L.A., NYC)
  • The Good Night is the first film by Jake Paltrow (Gwyneth's brother), a dramedy about a songwriter's midlife crisis involving a beautiful woman he sees only in his dreams. This was yet another Sundance premiere; Kim Voynar reviewed it there and said it has a clever script and solid performances, but has some pacing issues. (NYC)
  • Kurt Cobain: About a Sonuses 25 hours of previously unreleased tapes of Cobain interviews to construct a documentary of his life. (L.A. and NYC now; Seattle Oct. 12; Philadelphia Oct. 19; further dates here.)
After the jump, festivals and events in Chicago, Portland, New Jersey, L.A, New York, San Diego, San Francisco, and Arizona....
categories Features, Cinematical