Pictured above: Emily Kunstler and Sarah Kunstler, directors of the recently-acquired William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe (See Deals below.)
Welcome to Indie Roundup, a new weekly post in which we present news and coverage of the indie film world over the past seven days in one neat package for your perusal.
Deals. As many expected (and hoped) after Sundance concluded, distribution deals for films that premiered there have been slowly finalized. Eric D. wrote about Lionsgate picking up the acclaimed Push: Based on a Novel by Sapphire, aided by Oprah and Tyler Perry.
Arthouse Films acquired the doc William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe and plans a theatrical release in mid-2009, according to indieWIRE. Kunstler, a famed civil rights attorney, is revealed in a portrait directed by his two younger daughters, Emily Kunstler and Sarah Kunstler (pictured above).
RJ Cutler's The September Issue will get a theatrical release in -- surprise! -- September, thanks to Roadside Attractions. indieWIRE has the details. The doc follows Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour and her team as they assemble the most influential fashion magazine issue of the year. James Rocchi was left "enthralled." Check out a behind-the-scenes look embedded below.
Box Office. Slumdog Millionaire remains the marque attraction; Eugene says it's now grossed $67 million. But Barry Jenkins' Medicine for Melancholy did very nicely in its opening weekend, taking in $12,265 at one theater in Manhattan for the weekend's highest per-screen average, according to Box Office Mojo. Jette reviewed it favorably ("deeper, more thoughtful, and more satisfying than many low-budget first features") and Eric posted an exclusive clip plus the official trailer.
After the jump: We talk about film festivals in Berlin, Oxford, Austin, and Dallas.
Fests. As Scott noted, Cinematical will once again be covering the Oxford Film Festival in Missippi this weekend. Across the Atlantic, the Berlin International Film Festival gets underway with the world premiere of Tom Tykwer's The International. The competition program features 14 world premieres and the latest from Stephen Frears, Costa-Gavras, Fatih Akin, Chen Kaige, Bertrand Tavernier, Theo Angelopoulos, and on and on.
We'll also be out in full force for SXSW in Austin next month; Will picked out a few highlights from the feature lineup, and Scott led the charge as our staff defended the fest from some spurious complaints. After that fest concludes, we'll be visiting AFI Dallas, which just announced its first 15 selections, including three world premiere docs. (Press release PDF.)