Cinematical's Indie Roundup

Indie Roundup reviews the past week of news from the independent film community and provides a peek at what's coming soon.

Deals. Ahead of the Toronto film festival, distributors are firming up their release schedules for the next few weeks, which means acquisitions a-plenty are being announced. Our friends at indieWIRE have posted details in the last seven days about Police, Adjective (IFC, release next year, after playing at the Toronto and New York film festivals); Trucker (Monterey Media, October 9); Black Dynamite (Apparition, October 16); and Vincere (IFC, no release date yet, will also play at the Toronto and New York fests).

Online / On-Demand Viewing. Starting this week, Scott Hamilton Kennedy's Our Town will be available at iTunes. Kennedy is a skilled documentary filmmaker whose most recent work, The Garden, was nominated for an Academy Award and was recently released on DVD and online. So this is a great time to catch up with Mr. Kennedy. Our Town follows a high school in Compton, California that hasn't staged a play in more than 20 years. Then they decide to put on their version of the venerable Thornton Wilder classic.

Looking ahead to next week, Tickling Leo, described as a family drama about the modern-day aftermath of the Holocaust, will open in theaters on September 4, and will simultaneously be available on Amazon VOD. More and more I'm getting accustomed to this idea of simultaneous release online and in theaters, and more and more I like the increased options for viewing, especially as head into the busy fall season (see more comments on this subject below).

Better than Basterds? Indie Weekend Box Office, after the jump.