Method Fest unveils schedule


The ninth annual Method Fest, running March 29-April 5 in Calabasas, Calif., has announced a lineup that includes "Jindabyne," an adaptation of a Raymond Carver story by Ray Lawrence and starring Laura Linney; "Lonely Hearts," directed by Todd Robinson and starring Salma Hayek, James Gandolfini and John Travolta; and "Man in the Chair," directed by Michael Schroeder and starring Christopher Plummer.

The fest, which focuses on independent film, will unspool at Viewpoint's Carlson Family Theatre and the Motion Picture and Television Fund's retirement community in Woodland Hills.

"We now have become a worldwide showcase of quality independent film," Method Fest executive director Don Franken said. "We have films with captivating performances and riveting stories that the audiences would really appreciate."

A total of 21 feature films and 45 shorts will screen, including the world premieres of "Divergence," "Charlie" and "School." The fest also will feature U.S. premieres of Iran's "Bridge 13," Mexico's "Carnaval de Sodoma" and Bulgaria's "Trade Routes."