Indie Roundup

In this week's Indie Roundup: The reverberations in the indie film world continue from yesterday's announcement about Geoff Gilmore's job change. (See Festivals below.) One person really can make a difference!

Deals. John Travolta may have put away his dancing shoes year ago, cinematically speaking, yet his role in Saturday Night Fever continues to be influential. Pablo Morrain's Larrain's * disturbing Chilean drama Tony Manero was picked up by Richard Lorber for his new Lorber Films label, according to indieWIRE. The film follows a 50-year-old man who is obsessed with the title character played by Travolta in the 70s disco sensation. Lorber Films plans a quick release in April or May. The trailer is embedded below.

IFC Films acquired US rights to Bruce McDonald's Pontypool, described by iW as a "Canadian zombie horror-thriller." The film will be released for VOD on May 27 and will also get a theatrical release beginning on May 29.

Box Office. An Italian mob movie and a Brooklyn romantic drama made noticeable impressions at the box office last weekend. Gomorrah scored $15,540 per screen at five theaters, and Two Lovers did $13,569 at seven, per Box Office Mojo. Did Joaquin Phoenix's appearance on David Letterman's show help or hurt the movie? Advertising Age wonders.

Festivals. Anne Thompson of Variety says that Geoff Gillmore has been talking about leaving Sundance for quite a while; the native New Yorker told Eugene Hernandez of indieWIRE: "I really want to move to New York." Gilmore will be exploring "the ways that festivals become platforms for new enterprises." The Wrap claims that "In the industry, the consensus was that however Gilmore changes Tribeca, his efforts will better the organization." I'm waiting for the first comparison of Gilmore to President Obama.



SXSW and Fantastic Fest announced the six midnight titles they'll be showcasing, including Ong Bak 2 -- which I just wrote about -- and Pontypool, mentioned above. AFI Dallas revealed 10 more selections, and also announced that Chinatown scribe Robert Towne will be honored.

* UPDATE: Pablo Larrain's name corrected. Thanks to commenter "lando."