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indieWIRE’s Weekend Recap: Seven Stories Not to Miss from the Holiday Weekend

indieWIRE’s Weekend Recap: Seven Stories Not to Miss from the Holiday Weekend

In case you were too busy celebrating America’s 235th birthday yesterday to check the latest indie film news, here’s a place to start.

Celebrate the 4th of July with Kenneth Anger’s “Fireworks”
If you didn’t get your complete fireworks fix yesterday, check out Kenneth Anger’s classic homoerotic experimental short from 1947.

Weekend Box Office: ‘Transformers 3’ Obliterates 4th Of July Weekend Record
Hauling in $372 million worldwide so far, “Transformers: Dark Of The Moon,” set the record for the third best worldwide debut of all time.

What Does Indie Film Taste Like? An Interview With Saul Bolton, Chef for Nitehawk Cinema
Food and film have provided a great business model for independent theaters around the country, from Austin’s legendary Alamo Drafthouse franchise to Brooklyn’s reRun Gastropub Theater. Now Williamsburg venture Nitehawk Cinema joins the trend with an assist from Saul Bolton, owner of Cobble Hill’s Michelin-starred Saul Restaurant.

New “Dirty Girl” Poster Dazzles in Pastel
Harvey Weinstein has returned to the editing room on Dirty Girl, a high school bad girl comedy written and directed by whippersnapper Abe Sylvia. The Weinstein Company released a sassy pink-and-yellow U.S. poster last week; its rocking over-saturated pastel tint, dazzling accessories, chipped nail polish and hair color firmly set the film in 1987 territory, as Brit ingenue Juno Temple’s blazing eyes peer over the reflection of an unending Oklahoma road.

Holiday Box Office | “Terri” Tops Indies In Debut; “Buck” and “Beginners” Lead Strong Holdovers
The only specialty newbie reporting estimates, Azazel Jacobs’s “Terri” found the highest per-theater-average in the specialty market this holiday weekend, and the second highest overall (a distant second to “Transformers”).

The Best Online Video iW’s Seen Today: John Cameron Mitchell’s New Dior Collaboration
We were all thoroughly impressed by “Lady Grey London,” a Dior short film released earlier this year. Written and directed by John Cameron Mitchell, it featured Marion Cotillard and Ian McKellan in a nutty romance set amongst some terrific set pieces: the Lady Grey handbag, the London Eye, Cotillard’s various wigs and an hourglass built around her body.

Graham Leggat Steps Down as Executive Director of the San Francisco Film Society
In a letter circled to colleagues Monday, Leggat cited health issues for his departure, saying, “As you know, I have relished my leadership role in this dynamic, beloved organization. Unfortunately, health issues make it impossible for me to continue to serve effectively.”

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