Hey look! It's The (Mostly) Indie Film Calendar, a weekly rundown of the cool stuff happening beyond the multiplexes across the United States. 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 try to include it.

Three indie films are hitting theaters in multiple cities today, so let's look at those first:
  • Bonneville has been bouncing around since it premiered at the Toronto film fest way back in September 2006; it finally opens today on about 75 screens, mostly in the "heartland" (i.e., not L.A.). It's a PG-rated family flick about three older women (Kathy Bates, Jessica Lange, and Joan Allen) driving cross-country to dump one of their husbands' ashes. More than one commentator has compared it to The Bucket List, which I do not take to be a compliment, but we'll see.
  • Chicago 10 was the opening night film at Sundance last year, and I don't know why it took so long for it to finally come to theaters, but thank goodness it's here. It's a very unusual docudrama, using actual footage and animated re-enactments to tell the story of the hippies who went on trial for protesting at the 1968 Democratic National Convention. Cinematical's James Rocchi had some issues with it at Sundance; Christopher Campbell's review is a bit more positive.

categories Features, Cinematical