Indie Roundup is your weekly guide to what's new and upcoming in the world of independent film. Pictured from left to right: Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, The Tillman Story, Only When I Dance.
Deals. The week after Sundance saw a mini-flurry of distribution deals, all as reported by our friends at indieWIRE. IFC grabbed Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, which world premiered at Sundance. Directors Ricki Stern and Anne Sundberg told Cinematicalthat their film "takes the audience on a year long ride with Joan Rivers in her 76th year of life ... [peeling] away the mask of an iconic comedian [and] exposing bare the struggles, sacrifices and joy of living life as a ground breaking female performer." The doc will be released later this year.
Another Sundance doc, Amir Bar-Lev's The Tillman Story, went to The Weinstein Company. Pat Tillman left the NFL to serve in the military after 9/11, only to be killed by friendly fire. Cinematical's Eric D. Snider included it as one of The 10 Sundance Films You Need to Watch For, noting: "I didn't talk to anyone who saw it who didn't love it." As is often the case with the Weinsteins, release plans are not yet known.
Only When I Dance, directed by Beadie Finzi, has been acquired by Film Movement. The company intends to release the drama, in which two Brazilian teens dream of dancing their way out of poverty, via video on demand and in theaters this summer.
After the jump: more deals and releases for next month, plus indie box office!