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 easily separate you from the spam.)

First, we've got some theatrical releases of indie films to cover....
  • Darfur Now: The excellent Darfur documentary The Devil Came on Horseback barely played in theaters before going to DVD this week (so Netflix it already!); hopefully this one will do better, what with the big name of Don Cheadle attached to it. If you've been thinking, "I know something awful is happening in Darfur but I don't really know a lot of details," now is the time to change that! Opens today in New York and L.A.; expands over the next few weeks.
  • Stalking Santa: This is an amusing mockumentary about a man trying to prove the existence of Santa Claus, narrated "Unsolved Mysteries"-style by William Shatner. It's going straight to DVD on Tuesday after playing at several film festivals in the last year, but there are free theatrical screenings next week in New York, L.A., and Salt Lake City (where much of it was filmed). Visit the official website for locations and details, and to see the movie's trailer. (Full disclosure: I'm friends with several of the people involved with the film, so maybe that influences my opinion of its humor. But I'd have included it on The (Mostly) Indie Film Calendar anyway! Honest!)
After the jump, festivals and events in Austin, Virginia, North Carolina, New York, L.A., and beyond....
categories Features, Cinematical