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.

The (M.) I.F.C. is back from a three-week hiatus necessitated by, in order, going to Sundance, recovering from a Sundance-acquired cold, and taking an unplanned trip to the Oxford Film Festival. But now things are back to normal, and I'll never, ever miss a week of the Calendar ever again. Or at least until South By Southwest.

A couple of heavily anticipated indie films are hitting theaters in New York and a few other major cities today. The movies are:
  • George Romero's Diary of the Dead, the fifth "... of the Dead" movie from the acclaimed horror-meister. This one, which Cinematical's own horror-meister Scott Weinberg praised when it played at Toronto, tells of the zombie apocalypse strictly through the camera lenses of a group of college students -- think Cloverfield, but with zombies.
  • The Year My Parents Went on Vacation, which was Brazil's submission for the foreign-language category at the Oscars. A boy is left alone in a Jewish neighborhood in 1970, in the midst of a political revolution and the World Cup. It sounds very coming-of-age-y.
After the jump, some city-by-city suggestions of cool film stuff to do in the next seven days....