Cinematical's Indie Roundup: 'Mercy,' 'Breathless'

Deals. Scott Caan stars in Mercy, which has been picked up by IFC Films, according to indieWIRE. Caan, who also wrote and produced, plays a romance novelist "who doesn't believe in love." Until, I'm sure, he meets the right woman, possibly the beautiful and mysterious title character (Wendy Glenn). Caan's real-life father, the legendary James Caan, plays his fictional father. Mercy will close this year's Gen Art Film Festival, which Erik Davis recently explained is the coolest thing ever. The film will be available on demand on April 28 before opening theatrically in New York and Los Angeles.

Also due in theaters this spring: Jean-Luc Godard's original, daring, influential Breathless. For the first time in its 50 years of existence, the film has been restored, making the new wave look new again. After debuting at the inaugural TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood next month, it will open at New York's Film Forum on May 28 before rolling out nationally, courtesy of Rialto Pictures. I first saw Breathless at the Nuart Theatre in Los Angeles many moons ago, and it left me stunned, so I'm very happy that a new generation will be able to experience Breathless the way it was meant to be seen.

Online / On Demand Viewing. If you're not 'mock-doc' averse, you'll want to take a look at What the Funny?, a new web series by Lynn Shelton that's debuting exclusively on Babelgum this week. Shelton made the bromance male relationship flick Humpday, so she knows a little bit about dry and humorous. The first episode is up, and if you like it, you can look forward to ten more episodes in the days ahead.

After the jump: a secret, a prophet, and dolphins.