Indie Roundup is your guide to what's new and upcoming in the wonderful world of independent film. Pictured above: Made in Dagenham, Rivers Wash Over Me, The Lost Son of Havana.
Deals. To get your mind off tax day, why not think about strong British women walking out of a automobile plant in the 1960s to demand equal pay? Made in Dagenham dramatizes the true story, with Rosamund Pike, Sally Hawkins, Miranda Richardson, and Bob Hopkins in starring roles. Nigel Cole (Calendar Girls) directed. Sony Classics has acquired distribution rights, according to our friends at indieWIRE. Release plans have not yet been announced.
A Brooklyn teen moves to rural Alabama and causes a sensation! Or, gets quickly embroiled in domestic turmoil, if you prefer the official wording, in John G. Young's Rivers Wash Over Me, which has been picked up by Strand Releasing. The film will receive a limited release beginning in late May. indieWIRE has the details.
Other distribution deals covered by indieWIRE within the past week: boarding school drama Tanner Hall, which just won a jury award at the Gen Art Fest (estimated release: late August to September) and "quirky criminal comedy" Gentle Man (due in the fourth quarter of 2010).
Online / On Demand Viewing. Jonathan Hock's documentary The Lost Son of Havana tells the intriguing story of Luis Tiant, a Cuban native (and Major League Baseball pitcher) who returned to his homeland for a visit after living in exile for 46 years. Chris Cooper narrates. Jay Seaver of eFilmCritic observed: "Baseball cuts across generations, whether it be between a father and a son or a son and a country." The film is now available via Amazon VOD.
After the jump: ActionFest and Tribeca.
Fest Scene. The very first ActionFest bursts into life tonight in Asheville, North Carolina, with the official world premiere of Neil Marshall's Centurion, which Scott Weinberg reviewed when it had two not-so-secret sneak preview screenings at SXSW. Peter Hall covered the initial announcement. It's an awesome lineup, featuring terrific films such as Korean western The Good the Bad the Weird, dark comedy Tucker and Dale vs. Evil, Thai insanity Born to Fight, and retrospective screenings of films starring honoree Chuck Norris, including my favorite, Code of Silence.
A week from now, the Tribeca Film Festival kicks off with the world premiere of daring independent shocker Shrek Forever After in 3D. Of course, I'm kidding. But just imagine if the festival started with something outrageous that made dozens of people walk out in anger! As Eric D. Snider pointed out yesterday, ticket prices are steep, so refunds might cost the fest a fortune, which means that probably won't happen.
Still, Cinematical will be covering the fest in force, so you needn't feel bad if you won't be able to attend in person. You can also check out Jette Kernion's explanation of the Tribeca on-demand offerings.
Opening Friday. New limited releases include drama No One Knows About Persian Cats, Banksy doc Exit Through the Gift Shop, star-studded drama The Joneses, sports drama The Perfect Game, and crime drama The Secret in Their Eyes. Is all that drama counter programming against the wide releases of action comedy Kick Ass and comedy remake Death at a Funeral?