Indie Roundup is your weekly guide to what's new and upcoming in the world of independent film. Pictured above, clockwise from left: The Disappearance of Alice Creed, The Arbor, Helena From the Wedding.
Opening / Expanding. Limited releases in major markets this weekend include:
- Cairo Time, a romance;
- The Disappearance of Alice Creed, a kidnapping thriller that prompted Cinematical's Eric D. Snider to write: "While I freely admit the basic premise, once it's all revealed, is ridiculous, I also freely admit that I don't care. It's executed in a taut, professional manner, with great suspense and dark humor";
- Lebanon, a drama;
- Flipped, a family film from Rob Reiner;
- Middle Men, a comedy; and
- Twelve, a disaster directed by Joel Schumacher, according to our own Perri Nemiroff.
Distribution Deals. July and August are the months in which the major fall film festivals (Venice, Toronto, New York) announce their lineups and every other festival shapes their schedule accordingly. The majority of the 'big buzz' titles already have deals in place; their respective distributors can premiere films with gala presentations, celebrity appearances, and red carpet photo opportunities. The idea, of course, is to maximize publicity and kick-start theatrical release and/or Academy Award campaigns.