Indie Roundup is your weekly guide to what's new and upcoming in the world of independent film. Pictured clockwise, from upper left: Dr. Portnoy: Provacateur, Erasing David, Crying With Laughter, Centurion.
Online / On Demand Viewing. Have you had your fill of Jay Leno and late night TV programming fiascos? Me too! Still, the premise of Dr. Portnoy: Provacateur sounds refreshing. Debuting exclusively on Hulu, the new web series revolves around artist Michael Portnoy, who, as a talk show host, promises to 'get down to the bottom of what makes his guests tick.' Actor Alan Cumming, musician Melissa Auf Der Maur (Smashing Pumpkins), and John Cooper (Director of the Sundance Film Festival) are among the guests who subject themselves to scrutiny in the six-episode series.
Austin, Texas will become the center of the independent film world when South by Southwest (SXSW) gets underway next week, and you can share in the festivities without leaving the comfort of your own home. Two SXSW titles, David Bond's documentary Erasing David (a man tries to disappear and is hounded by private investigators) and Justin Molotnikov's thriller Crying With Laughter, will be available via iTunes and Amazon VOD during SXSW, according to indieWIRE, and will then be available on demand via multiple cable systems on April 1.
Deals. Our friends at indieWIRE also reported on two acquisitions this week. Heading for the big screen is Neil Marshall's sword and sandal thriller Centurion, courtesy of Magnet (read further observations by Elisabeth Rappe and watch the exciting trailer right here at Cinematical), while Leon Gast's celebrity photog doc Smash His Cameraheads to the small screen on HBO.
After the jump: a ghost, a prophet, and a steal at the box office.