This Weekend's Indies: 'Let the Fire Burn,' 'Parkland,' and More
Let The Fire Burn: An award-winner at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival, Jason Osder's film about a 1985 police raid on "radical" organization MOVE and the resulting fire that went un-battled for hours promises to be a uniquely powerful experience. Archival footage (particularly from Congressional hearings) and interviews promise a uniquely powerful documentary experience.
A.C.O.D.: Adam Scott plays the titular acronym -- an adult child of divorce -- whose romantic life is understandably affected by his parents' awful relationship. As far as indie comedies go, the concept is a bit left of the usual center, and the cast is fairly stellar -- Richard Jenkins, Catherine O'Hara, Amy Poehler, Jane Lynch, Mary Elizabeth Winstead -- which should indicate an enjoyable trip through dysfunction.
Parkland: We've already talked about the intriguing trailer to this look at the Kennedy assassination from the perspective of the people on the ground in Dallas -- the non-governmental, non-glamorous roles that were played in the direct aftermath.
All Is Bright: Formerly titled Almost Christmas when it played at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival, this comedy stars Paul Rudd and Paul Giamatti as two French-Canadian con men looking to pull off a job over the holidays. It's from Phil Morrison, the director of Junebug, so the pedigree is there.