By Indiewire | Indiewire April 28, 2011 at 8:08AM
Today on indieWIRE: the top 20 flicks to check out this summer, films to catch and pass, 5 projects in the works and more.
The summer movie season isn’t exactly best known for independent film. With billions of dollars set to be spent on a record amount of sequels (“Kung Fu Panda 2,” “Transformers 3,” “Pirates of the Caribbean 4,” “Final Destination 5,” “Harry Potter 8,” etc., etc., etc.), one has to wonder: How much space is left for the little guys. But don't fret. As indieWIRE's Summer Indie Preview makes clear, there are 20 films to be on the watch for.
In the Works
In this week’s in-production column, indieWIRE puts the spotlight on a nearly complete film by Jay Duplass. From Kickstarter: The new project from “Small Town Gay Bar” director Malcolm Ingram, which tells the story of the bathhouse-club that gave Bette Middler and Barry Manilow their start; an original epic fantasy; the new project from Sundance alum Rodney Evans (“Brother to Brother”); and a photo project from the filmmakers of “Battle for Brooklyn,” which heads to Hot Docs this week.
Eric Kohn caught two Tribeca films and loved both. First up: Alex Gibney's baseball documentary "Catching Hell," which earned an A- from Kohn. He also fell for the technologically savvy love story, "Flowers of Evil."
"Sympathy" Gets None From The Playlist
'"Sympathy for Delicious" Is A Drab, Outdated Drama' reads the title to The Playlist's review of Mark Ruffalo's directorial debut. Ouch. Read the review here.
“Le Bien-aimés” (The Beloved) by French director Christophe Honoré will close out the 64th Festival de Cannes May 22nd, the festival said Thursday. The film will screen following the festival’s awards.
The Critics' Pick
Clio Barnard's "The Arbor" came out as the clear critics' pick in this week's Critical Consensus column.
Spout's Top 5 Tribeca Films
Ahead of the Tribeca Film Festival awards ceremony tonight, Spout posted their Top 5 Films of the Tribeca World Narrative Competition.