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.)

Two indie films are hitting theaters this holiday weekend, so let's cover those first:

I'm Not There is Todd Haynes' first film since 2002's gorgeous Far from Heaven, but it's highly anticipated for more reasons than that. As you've probably heard by now, it's a quasi-biopic of Bob Dylan, with six different actors -- including a woman and a black kid -- playing Dylan at different stages of his career. Cinematical's James Rocchi reviewed it at Toronto, and interviewed Haynes, too. It opened Wednesday on about 130 screens nationwide.

Starting Out in the Eveningis a drama starring Lauren Ambrose as a grad student who wants to revive the career of a reclusive author, played by Frank Langella. Rocchi reviewed this one at Toronto, too, and is one of many people so far to praise Langella's performance. It opens today (Friday) on a handful of screens in New York and should expand in the coming weeks.

After the jump, film events to help you recover from your holiday gluttony in Austin, Chicago, L.A., NYC, Portland, and Seattle....
categories Features, Cinematical