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.

Most of the indie world has its eyes focused on Sundance as of today (OK, and Slamdance, too), and we'll get to that later. In the meantime, for those of you not lucky enough to be joining us in the snowy, frigid tundra of Park City, there's some new indie fare coming to your local theaters:
  • Teeth was one of the most-talked-about films at last year's Sundance Film Festival, and it's finally opening in limited release today. It's the story of a chaste teenage girl who discovers her vagina has teeth and will attack any, um, intruders. It's a horror film, it's a satire of puritanical sexual attitudes, and it's awfully funny. So said Cinematical's Scott Weinberg when he reviewed it a year ago, and I agree. Also, check out our interview with Teeth star Jess Weixler over here.
  • Taxi to the Dark Side addresses a much darker issue: It's a documentary about the torture practices used by the United States in Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay. The director is Alex Gibney, who made Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room and produced No End in Sight. Our James Rocchi has an interview with Gibney here.
  • Day Zero, set in the very near future, tells a hypothetical story about three young men (Elijah Wood, Chris Klein, and Jon Bernthal) who are drafted into the military and have 30 days to report before being sent to Baghdad. It's playing at the Angelika Film Center in New York and on Bainbridge Island, Wash. (I'm guessing it was filmed near there?), before heading to DVD next month.
  • Still Life, from Chinese director Zhang Ke Jia (The World, Platform), is a class-conscious drama about the aftermath of a village being flooded by the construction of a new dam. It opens today exclusively at IFC Center in New York.

After the jump, special screenings and events in Austin, Boston, Chicago, Denver, L.A., New York, Portland, Seattle, and Park City, Utah....