As always, SF Indiefest offers up an eclectic slate of eccentric flicks, starting with the Opening Night film Inland Empire. The latest from auteur filmmaker David Lynch, Inland Empire represents new directions for a man who has kept his independent spirit intact. It's his inaugural film on digital video (he says he'll never return to film), and it's essentially self-distributed, a move emboldened by his entrenpeneurship in recent years over at DavidLynch.com.
A cinematic window-shopper's delight, this year's IndieFest allows audiences to take a chance on any of 33 features and 60 short films. Among the more high-profile selections: Julian Goldenberger's The Hawk Is Dying (2/11 and 2/16 at the Roxie; 2/14 at the California in Berkeley), a 2006 Sundance selection starring Paul Giamatti (the film will get a release from Strand later this year); Mojave Phone Booth (2/10 and 2/18 at the Victoria), with Steve Guttenberg and fest guest Robert Romanus (the ticket-scalper from Fast Times at Ridgemont High); and closing night selection Fido (2/18 at the Roxie), director Andrew Currie's "rom-zom-com" in the Shaun of the Dead mode, starring Carrie-Anne Moss and Billy Connolly. Indiefest's peripheral pleasures include no less than six shindigs, including opening and closing night and the 4th Annual Big Lebowski party; Film Threat founder Chris Gore will also present a free panel on the indie world: Filmmaking in the Nude.
To top it all off, Indiefest gives a rare theatrical presentation to an offbeat classic: 1975 B-action flick Infra-Man (2/10 at the Roxie). They don't come much weirder than this red-jumpsuited superhero who takes down Princess Dragon Mom and her mutant army for your viewing pleasure. For more information and tickets, go to www.sfindie.com.