Now through Wednesday, the Walter Reade Theater is reviving The Whole Shooting Match (pictured), an American independent film from 1978, directed by one Eagle Pennell, and concerning two layabout Texans who drink and gab and stumble their way through a series of failed entrepreneurial undertakings and hangout sessions. I haven’t seen it, but if I had to guess I’d say it’s pretty good: like a few other films that’ve popped back up recently, it was made before productions made outside mainstream channels had a chance to find a wide audience, so the only thing keeping from total obscurity is the esteem in which it’s held by the people who’ve seen it.
And all this weekend, the Independent Feature Project presents their annual “Best Film Not Coming to a Theater Near You” series, at MoMA. The five films in the series are the nominees in the eponymous category of the IFP’s Gotham Awards, honoring American independent films currently without distribution. Among the five, and screening Saturday and Monday, is is Ronald Bronstein’s Frownland, a movie also featured in the L’s own spotlight on films maybe not coming to a theater near you any time soon. So, you know, all these movies are available for a limited time only, act now. (Title of the post! Everybody drink!)