If you’re like any of us here at the Awards Circuit, at this point in the week you’re considering what to do with your valuable free time and entertainment dollars over the weekend. The writers at the Awards Circuit have always valued independent film highly, and with financing, distribution, and marketing, harder to get for independent films than it has ever been, the independent film industry needs filmgoers now more than ever.
Could you imagine this past year without “(500) Days of Summer,” “Crazy Heart,” “The Hurt Locker,” “The Last Station,” or “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” just to name a few. Despite good buzz coming out of Sundance of some promising acquisitions, the word within the industry and those who cover it is that this could be the slowest year in the last twenty when it comes to the production, distribution, or promotion of independent film. Once again, if filmgoers want to keep unique and alternative cinema alive, the voting must take place every weekend, at the Box Office, with people’s dollars. Despite our wishes and intentions to the contrary, the staff at the Awards Circuit alone does not have the dollars or manpower to finance or save the independent film industry.
With that in mind, we wanted to let you know how you could put your dollars towards supporting independent film this weekend, and hopefully get a good return on the personal and financial investment, by leaving the theater feeling entertained, yet hopefully having gone to a place mentally and emotionally normally not seen at the multiplex.
We have compiled a list of the independent films currently playing and picked the five that received the highest ratings from the Awards Circuit staff writers who reviewed them. In addition to providing links to our reviews (which you can read by clicking on the title of the film) we will also try to provide the most comprehensive and up-to-date information on what cities and even theaters the films will be playing or opening in this weekend. To see where the films are playing, as some of the list may be too long to mention here, we’ll make sure to post the cities in the comments section of this post.
These films may not have multi-million dollar marketing budgets, but they have ignited our passions so much as to ask you to see them. We hope you do and walk away as exhilarated as we did.