Indie Roundup reviews the past week of news from the independent film community and provides a peek at what's coming soon.
Festivals. Its official name is the Traverse City Film Festival, but unofficially it's "the Michael Moore fest," thanks to the filmmaker's role as founding father. Good reports on the fifth edition, which wrapped last weekend, can be found at Spout (by Karina Longworth) and indieWIRE (by Thom Powers).
Deals. Image Entertainment acquired Adam Salky's Dare, which premiered at Sundance earlier this year. Emmy Rossum, Zach Gilford, and Ashley Springer star as "high school students that enter into an unusual triangle of friendship and love." Tim Grierson of Screen wrote: "As refreshing as it is legitimately sexy." Release plans have not yet been announced. [Per indieWIRE.]
Online / On-Demand Viewing. If you hurry, you can still watch the acclaimed documentary 45365 at SnagFilms for free. it's available through tomorrow (Thursday, August 6) as part of their SummerFest preview series. The doc examines life in Sidney, Ohio, as filmed over the course of nine months by two men raised in that small town.
If you're hungry for more (legal) online viewing, check out the newly-launched SpeedCine, a very simple search engine that lets you find out what movies are available to watch through various providers like Amazon, Hulu, and Netflix, either free of charge, for a one-time fee, or by subscription. It's in beta, which means they're still working on it, but right now it flies along very quickly and efficiently. I'm rather amazed -- and very pleased -- to see so many movies that are available at no charge.
Who won the battle for the Indie Weekend Box Office crown? Find out after the jump.
Box Office. Another love story topped the charts last weekend, as the newly-opened Adam drew $17,094 per-screen at four locations. In his Indie Spotlight, Eric D. Snider quoted his own review, in which he called it "a simple, light comedy with dramatic underpinnings, and a pleasant way to spend an evening." Fox Searchlight will expand it in the coming weeks.
Meanwhile, the distributor's other romantic tale, (500) Days of Summer, moved into an additional 181 theaters, for a total of 266, and averaged $10,439 per screen. It's grossed $6.8 million in three weeks of release, a nice piece of change for a movie that tries to play around with a basic formula to generally pleasing results.
Among other debuting titles, dolphin documentary The Cove performed the best, raking in $14,410 per screen, good enough to finish ahead of Park Chan-wook's vampire drama Thirst, which made $13,972 at each of four locations. Opening on 102 screens, Love Aaj Kal grossed $12,174 per screen, while Gotta Dance took in a respectable $8,576. Danish thriller Flame & Citron averaged $7,627 at two theaters, while The Dardennes Brothers' thriller Lorna's Silence registered $5,735 per screen at six theaters.
Really, though, there are no losers here: the audiences win with good films like these to choose from!
Still drawing audiences after eight weeks in theaters are two films that are clear beneficiaries of good word of mouth: documentary Food Inc. ($1,870 per screen; 155 theaters) and science fiction drama Moon ($1,439 per screen; 194 theaters). And Sam Mendes' comedy / drama Away We Go has pushed past the $9 million mark in total earnings after nine weeks in release.
[ All numerical information was first published by Box Office Mojo. ]