In this week's edition of Indie Roundup, we look at deals, docs, fests, and ... a refrigerator?
Deals. Our friends at indieWIRE have posted news about all kinds of distribution deals in the past seven days. World War II drama Woman in Berlin, for example, has been picked up by Strand Releasing for a summer release, and Arlen Faber, which stars Jeff Daniels and just played at Sundance, has been acquired by Magnolia, also for summer release. Magnolia's genre division Magnet Releasing got the rights to Tony Jaa's action flick Ong Bak 2 -- more on that one from me in next week's Asian Cinema Scene.
Box Office. The new doc from Stacy Peralta, Crips and Bloods: Made in America, scored the highest per-screen average among all films last weekend, earning $13,978 at the one theater where it's playing in Los Angeles, per Box Office Mojo. Peralta previously made the well-received Dogtown & Z Boys (skateboarders) and Riding Giants (surfers); Crips and Bloods tackles the explosive issue of the two most notorious African-American gangs in South LA. Check out the trailer below.
Festivals. Scott Weinberg wrote about his delightful first-time experience at the Oxford Film Festival in Mississippi, and Eric Snider posted a very funny video that screened there. (More from Kim Voynar at her blog.) Erik took a look at Splinterheads and I posted trailers for Sorry, Thanks, St. Nicks, and Breaking Upwards, all films that will play at SXSW next month. The True/False Film Festival unwrapped its lineup of more than 40 docs, which will play at the fest in
Columbus Columbia *, Missouri, from February 26-March 1. A.J. Schnack notes that 39 (!) screenings sold out within a few hours of tickets going on sale.
After the jump: More on festivals in Portland, Oregon, and Berlin, Germany.
Berlin-based David Hudson is doing his usual exceptional job of filtering the blogosphere -- note this entry on the Berlinale from IFC's The Daily -- but he's also reviewing some of the fest films. His piece on Lukas Moodysson's Mammoth is priceless: "Some films are simply bad; others are downright offensive ... Their fridge alone... but don't get me started."
* UPDATE: Corrected. Thanks to commenter Bob Walters.