Tax day can be stressful -- trust me, I feel your pain -- so Indie Roundup is here to make you feel better with soothing news of the adventurous indie film community.
Touring. Rachel Goslins' acclaimed doc 'Bama Girl got underway on its so-called "Southern Circuit Tour" this week, barnstorming across the South at a variety of venues through April 24. The doc revolves around a woman who wants to become the first African-American Homecoming Queen at her university, despite the nefarious efforts of a secret society determined to keep the crown lily white. Jette Kernion called it "one of the most entertaining movies" she saw at SXSW last year. More information is available at the official site; Ms. Goslins is also blogging about her adventures.
Box Office. Over the weekend, two docs outdrew Hannah Montana on a per-screen basis. Mark Cowen's Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D, re-released in four IMAX theatres, took in $15,845 per screen, per Box Office Mojo. Produced and narrated by Tom Hanks, the 40-minute film was originally released in 2005. Sacha Gervasi's Cinematical-approved heavy metal doc Anvil! The Story of Anvil, pulled in $11,550 per-screen at three severely-rocking cinemas. The never-say-die original band members are terribly appealing; check out the trailer embedded below for evidence.
Deals. Two films have been acquired for distribution today, according to indieWIRE. Regent Releasing and Here Media picked up Robert Young's docudrama Eichmann and will release it theatrically in October. The film stars the generally terrific Thomas Kretschmann in the title role and Franka Potente as the wife of Eichmann's interrogator after Hitler's architect of "the final solution" was captured in Argentina.
After the jump: Today's other deal -- for The Horse Boy; plus news on the Atlanta and New York film fests.
Zeitgeist Films plans a fall release of Michael Scott's documentary The Horse Boy, formerly known as Over the Hills and Far Away when it premiered at Sundance. The title change was prompted by the forthcoming paperback publication of the book that inspired the film, which follows a family on an "unforgettable journey as they travel halfway across the world in search of a miracle to heal their son." The family ends up "on horseback to seek help from legendary shamans" in Mongolia.
Festivals. The Atlanta Film Festival stretches over 10 days, presenting more than 160 features and shorts, starting tomorrow night with The People Speak. Based on two books by historian Howard Zinn, The People Speak is presented "in a series of live readings and reenactments" and musical performances by a stellar cast. Josh Brolin and Eddie Vedder are among those who will be in attendance for the opening gala.
The fest features a spotlight on Mexican film, including Rudo y Cursi, Lake Tahoe, and I'm Gonna Explode; the Pink Peach Competition, which focuses on gay and lesbian films; and a 70th anniversary celebration of Gone With the Wind. Check the official site for more information.
Film critic Dennis Lim has been added to the New York Film Festival selection committee, per The Hollywood Reporter, replacing the recently-departed Kent Jones. Lim is currently editor of Moving Image Source, the online arm of the Museum of the Moving Image in New York, and formerly served as film editor for The Village Voice.
The Film Society of Lincoln Center has been undergoing several turbulent changes of late, as noted in this story by indieWIRE, but Lim is not likely to shake anything up. For one thing, he's only one voice out of five on the committee; for another, he formerly edited fellow selector J. Hoberman, who still writes for the Voice, and committee member Scott Foundas is part of the same chain out in Los Angeles. They may argue about one or two titles, but otherwise the status quo of the programming should continue for this very august festival: safe and solid, with one or two radical choices lobbed in.