Indie Roundup reviews the latest developments in the world of independent film. Pictured above: Cold Weather, Night Catches Us.
Deals. From indieWIRE comes news that IFC Films has acquired Cold Weather, a playful mystery set in Portland, Oregon. Directed by Aaron Katz, the picture debuted at SXSW, where our own Jette Kernion described it as "a charming low-key film spiked with a touch of suspense." My comparison point is Woody Allen's Manhattan Murder Mystery, but Cold Weather is more subtle and visually arresting. The film stars Cris Lankenau and Trieste Kelly Dunn as a brother and sister who team up to investigate the disappearance of an ex-lover. Cold Weather will be available on the IFC in Theaters platform, meaning it can be seen in theaters and on demand at the same time.
Magnolia picked up Night Catches Us and plans to release it in the fall, according to indieWIRE. Tanya Hamilton wrote and directed the drama, set in a race-torn Philadelphia neighborhood in 1976. Anthony Mackie plays an ex-Black Panther who crosses paths with Kerry Washington; sparks, as they say, fly. Night Catches Us premiered at Sundance in January and will continue to play the festival circuit until its theatrical release.
Online / On Demand. A selection of the Tribeca Film Festival in 2007 has surfaced. Unstrung, a documentary by Rob Klug, is available this month via Amazon VOD. The film explores the world of junior tennis competitors, focusing on young men heading to a national championship. You can watch the first two minutes for free, including sound bites from Andre Agassi and John McEnroe, and decide if you want to rent or buy. .
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