With the Super Bowl and its accompanying media hype behind us – sorry, Steelers – there is no better time to turn our attention to San Francisco's ongoing IndieFest, running now through Feb. 17 at the Roxie. The following is a list of the festival's most intriguing first-week options.
1. The Happy Poet
Where: Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., 415-863-1087
When: Feb. 10
Conceived 32 years ago as producer Roger Corman’s tongue-in-cheek spin on the Jaws formula, Piranha returns with a new 3-D gimmick courtesy of director Alexandre Aja, who resurrected Wes Craven’s The Hills Have Eyes in 2006 with passably nasty results.
Aja's latest requires little explanation. It’s spring break under siege, as busty coeds lose their tops and then their limbs in graphic enough detail that Piranha, deemed too raunchy for Comic-Con, earns its R rating the old-fashioned way. It helps that besides the engaging Elisabeth Shue, Adam Scott (TV’s Party Down) and Richard Dreyfuss, who starred in Jaws, several members of the supporting cast are porn stars.