Welcome to the last 2007 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.

After a shload of films dropped last Friday and on Christmas, the multiplexes are spared any new releases today. Even the indie scene is quiet, with just two new flicks opening in New York and L.A. today. They are:
  • The Orphanage (El Orfanato), a suspense thriller from Spain that boasts Guillermo Del Toro as a producer. It's Spain's entry for the foreign-language Oscar, and Cinematical's resident horror guy Scott Weinberg pronounced it "entirely captivating from start to finish" when he reviewed it at Toronto.
  • Honeydripper, the latest from maverick indie filmmaker John Sayles. It stars Danny Glover as the owner of a nightclub in rural Alabama in the 1950s. Our Monika Bartyzel spoke favorably of it, overall, when she saw it at Toronto.

Things are fairly quiet elsewhere in the nation's independent cinemas, but here's some of what we could dig up for you:

Austin: As part of its "High for the Holidays" series, the Alamo Drafthouse has a rare 35mm screening Sunday night of Head, the psychedelic 1968 film produced by Jack Nicholson and starring The Monkees. In conjunction with the screening: a contest to see who has the best drug story from their personal life. Hooray for drugs!

Boston: If you can drag yourself out of bed on New Year's Day, the Brattle Theatre at Harvard Square has a Marx Brothers marathon starting at noon. See Duck Soup, A Night at the Opera, Horse Feathers, and Animal Crackers the way they were meant to be seen: on the big screen, by people who are mildly hungover.

After the jump, events in Chicago, Denver, New York, and Seattle....