Indie Roundup is your guide to what's new and upcoming in the world of independent film. Pictured above:Luke and Brie Are on a First Date, Dallas International Film Festival.
On Demand. Oh, boy, two attractive people walk around trying to break through their romantic awkwardness! Who wants to see that? Well, Chad Hartigan's Luke and Brie Are on a First Date "takes us through universal, well-worn feelings," says Karina Longworth at Spout, "and makes them feel new." Give the feature a look at Babelgum for free this month.
Deals. Do you secretly wish you could watch "a small group of elderly, deformed sociopaths as they wander the back streets of Nashville, getting drunk, breaking televisions, and, yes, humping trash cans"? Harmony Korine's Trash Humpers has made its mark on the festival circuit and will now be trashing cinemas in a theatrical run starting next month, reports Peter Knegt at indieWIRE. Record label Drag City will book the tour across America. Our own Eric D. Snider was not favorable: "Intentionally pointless, a tedious slog that appears to have been made for the express purpose of annoying the audience." Enjoy!
Also upcoming: "all star" economics documentary Freakonomics, as reported by Cinematical's Christopher Campbell, and Lucy Walker's doc Waste Land, in which an artist photographs Brazilians living and making art in a 'trash city.' Am I sensing a theme for this week? To stretch that idea to its limit, the political trash gets taken out in AJ Schnack's Convention, filmed as the city of Denver prepared for the 2008 Democratic National Convention. Sundance Selects will make it available next month via on demand and then open it in New York and Los Angeles in June. Our friends at indieWIRE have the details.