Indie Roundup is your weekly guide to what's new and upcoming in the world of independent film. Pictured (clockwise from upper left): Boxing Gym, Carancho, Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould, William S. Burroughs: A Man Within.
Deals. We've got boxers, a sleazy lawyer, a famous author, and a genius, all coming soon to a theater / TV / computer near you. Courtesy of our friends at indieWIRE, we learn that the legendary Frederick Wiseman will distribute Boxing Gym, his latest documentary, through his own distribution company in collaboration with mTuckman Media. The doc unfolds at Lord's Gym in Austin, Texas. David Hudson at Mubi rounded up coverage from its world premiere at Cannes last month. Boxing Gym hits New York on October 22.
The sleazy lawyer arrives via Pablo Trapero's Carancho, starring the always-wonderful Ricardo Darín (featured in the Oscar-winning The Secret in Their Eyes, now playing in selected engagements) as an ambulance chaser who gets involved with an emergency room doctor. Todd Brown at Twitch called the film "a masterful piece of work." Strand will release it early next year.
William S. Burroughs: A Man Within will enlighten audiences this fall, followed by availability on DVD, digital, and PBS formats. Yony Leyser's documentary showcases "never before seen" archival footage of the influential writer. We debuted the poster when the film premiered at Slamdance in January. Oscilloscope Pictures will handle distribution.
A late, great composer and musician is profiled in Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould. Lorber Films will open the film theatrically in September. Directed by Michèle Hozer and Peter Raymont, the documentary "combines footage of Gould's unique musical stylings and recording technologies with interviews from friends and lovers," according to indieWIRE.
After the jump: the festival scene.
Fest Scene. A.J. Schnack at All These Wonderful Things puts the year into perspective from the documentary point of view: "Silverdocs signals the changing of the guard, the last major, domestic festival gasp for many of the creme of 2010's documentary crop and the first glimpse of a few films that will be stalwarts on the fall festival tour." We covered a few of the program highlights last week, but Schnack notes the films that are shared with the Los Angeles Film Festival and highlights two notable shorts: Sergio Oksman's Notes on the Other and Vance Malone's The Poodle Trainer.
While the Los Angeles Film Festival dominates the June festival calendar in the City of Angels, running from June 17-27, July belongs to Outfest, and the 28th Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival has announced its lineup. More than 140 films and videos will be presented. Howl, starring James Franco, will kick things off on July 8; Jane Lynch will receive a lifetime achievement award. More details and the complete program guide are available at the fest site.
For a breath of fresh air about festivals from a programmer's point of view, check out what Grady Hendrix of the New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF) has to say to Twitch to kick off their new series of interviews with festival programmers. Sample quote: "Fortunately, more and more film festivals are springing up that are showing more and more fun, interesting, good movies from across Asia and, much in the same way the Greek Titans overthrew their forefathers, these younger, newer festivals are hacking off the genitals of the old, boring festivals with scythes and casting them into the sea where they will create a white foam from which Aphrodite will emerge." NYAFF kicks off on June 25 with Wilson Yip's Ip Man 2, starring Donnie Yen and Sammo Hung.
Online / On Demand. Schnack is also one of the filmmakers behind Convention, which opens at the IFC Center in New York this weekend, and is also available on demand via various cable systems. Matt Dentler describes it as "an epic nonfiction portrait of Denver during the 2008 Democratic National Convention. ... It's about the politics of demonstration, whether it's an arena-sized spectacle or a sidewalk protest. And the film follows various aspects of the local experience, from the newspaper reporters to the police to the city officials."