We're back again with another edition of 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.)

It's a slow weekend for wide theatrical releases, but there are several smaller indie-type projects hitting theaters today that are worth checking out. To wit:
  • The Savages, written and directed by Tamara Jenkins (Slums of Beverly Hills), is a comedy-drama about two adult siblings who must put their father in a nursing home. The siblings are Laura Linney and Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Cinematical's Kim Voynar raved about them when she saw the film at Sundance. For what it's worth, I agree with my boss on this one. The Savages opens today in New York and L.A.
  • When France chose Persepolis as its candidate for the foreign-language Academy Award, one of the films it was skipping over was Julian Schnabel's The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (Le scaphandre et le papillon), opening today in L.A. and New York. It's a true story about a man who suffers a stroke that leaves him paralyzed -- except for his left eye, which he uses to communicate. James Rocchi loved it at Cannes.
  • I saw He Was a Quiet Man, starring Christian Slater as a nerdy office drone who snaps, at South By Southwest this year, and I really liked it. Well, most of it. It's one of those films with a strange ending that either works for you or it doesn't, and it didn't for me. But it's definitely a conversation starter, and well worth checking out. It's opening very obscurely today at three L.A.-area theaters: Fairfax 3 in L.A., Southcoast Village 3 in Santa Ana, and Paseo Camarillo 3 in Camarillo.
  • Chronicle of an Escape, an Argentinian film about three men escaping from a government torture facility, opens today exclusively at the IFC Center in New York. It was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award last year (though it didn't win).
  • IFC Center is also the home of Protagonist, a new documentary by Jessica Yu (whose In the Realms of the Unreal was outstanding). Protagonist follows the stories of four men: a German terrorist, a bank robber, a martial arts student, and an "ex-gay" evangelist. Sold! Rocchi spoke highly of it at Sundance.

After the jump, festivals and events in Anchorage, Austin, Chicago, L.A., New York, Portland, and Seattle....
categories Features, Cinematical