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.)

The theaters are jam-packed with indie fare this weekend, so really, there's no reason to have to watch Fred Claus. Here's what's on tap:
  • Saawariya is a Bollywood musical romance about star-crossed lovers. It's the first Bollywood film to be produced by an American company (Sony), and it's being released simultaneously today in India and North America. Look for it in 33 U.S. cities and six Canadian ones; an expansion is possible if it does well.
  • Hey! It's an Indian showdown! Om Shanti Om, a Bollywood mystery romance about a murdered 1970s actor who is reincarnated today and searches for both his killer and his lost love, opens in a handful of U.S. cities today. I found locations in New York and Chicago; it may be elsewhere, too, but my usual channels aren't showing anything.
  • I'll Believe You is a sci-fi comedy about a late-night radio host who gets a call from what he believes in an extra-terrestrial. It has a pleasant cast: Patrick Warburton, Ed Helms, Mo Rocca, Chris Elliott, Fred Willard, Siobhan Fallon, etc. Opens today on about 30 screens in New York, L.A., Chicago, and and few other places.
  • The documentary War/Dance opens in New York and L.A. after taking prizes at Sundance and Canada's Hot Docs fest. The film tells of a group of children in war-torn Uganda who find refuge in singing and dancing. Our Kim Voynar reviewed it at AFI Dallas and loved it. Early talk is that it will probably be an Oscar contender.

After the jump, festivals and events in North Carolina, New Hampshire, NYC, L.A., Portland, Fort Forth, and St. Louis....
categories Features, Cinematical