Indie Roundup is your weekly guide to what's new and upcoming in the independent film world. Pictured above, clockwise from upper left: Mine, the Palm Springs International Film Festival, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnussus, The White Ribbon.
Opening Theatrically / Online / On Demand. If the world goes to the dogs, who will feed and care for them? Geralyn Pezanoski's Mine considers what happened to the animals left behind in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The film, which won the Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature at SXSW last year, "may churn your emotions," I wrote for another site. "Once the true essence of the story becomes apparent, it's difficult to turn away from the screen. The heart of the documentary lies in the conflict between pet lovers." The doc is warm-hearted, but doesn't shy away from portraying both sides of the sometimes-contentious conflicts that developed.
Mine opens theatrically in San Francisco on Friday, according to our friends at indieWIRE, the same day that the film will premiere on iTunes. Thereafter, distributor Film Movement will expand the release to New York and New Orleans, with a 20-city release to follow. The official site reveals that the filmmakers will be in attendance at the Roxie Theater for opening weekend, and also has more details on the release and the trailer.
Festival Scene. The Palm Springs International Film Festival kicked off last night in the desert resort town with a gala presentation of Michael Hoffman's The Last Station. The fest typically draws huge mobs of local film lovers who eagerly line up to see a huge selection of foreign and independent films; I attended once and had a grand time. Check the fest site for more information.
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