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.

A couple of indie-ish films are opening theatrically this weekend, so take a gander at these:
  • Nanking is a documentary about the infamous and brutal 1937 attack by the Japanese on what was then the capital city of China. Actors are employed to read actual diaries and letters from victims and witnesses. (Here's Kim Voynar's review from Sundance.) It opened Wednesday exclusively at Film Forum in New York City.
  • On a slightly more cheerful subject, Francis Ford Coppola's Youth Without Youth -- the Godfather director's first film in 10 years -- opens today in New York, L.A., and San Francisco. It's a crazy, crack-smokin' story about an old guy who gets struck by lightning and subsequently becomes young-looking again. The storyline is baffling. Some shots are upside-down. Why? Because it's Francis Ford Coppola, and he can do whatever he damn well pleases!
Now here's the scoop on special screenings and events throughout the country. Alphabetically is how we roll!

Austin:Intervention, written and produced and starring Texas filmmaker Michael Lange, will play for free at the Alamo Drafthouse on Saturday. The movie is about two brothers reuniting after the death of their parents and learning how to go on with life. You can read more about it at Lange's MySpace page. Hey, the movie's free, and the Alamo serves beer, so what else do you want?

Boston: Race and comedy -- two subjects on everyone's minds these days -- are the topics of Crossing the Line: Multiracial Comedians, a documentary screening Wednesday night at the Coolidge Corner Theatre. The film looks at how comedians transcend race through humor, and examines recent controversial actions by Rosie O'Donnell, Don Imus, Michael Richards, and others. Who's allowed to make racial jokes? Where is the line? Producer Teja Arboleda and Harvard law professor Randall Kennedy (author of N***** -- I know I'm definitely not allowed to say that word, even if it's the title of a book) will be on hand for a Q&A.

After the jump, more stuff in Boston and beyond....
categories Features, Cinematical