"Independent" Film. What is it?
April 15, 2005 3:08 PM Subscribe
I don't know what "independent film" means. At a time when the Weinsteins are trying to extricate themselves from Disney
, it seems an appropriate question to ask. There are Indie films (non-industry money) that are
supposed to imitate fancy hollywood films, there are new studios being opened outside of LA by Wealthy Christians in Denver hoping to convert through CS Lewis movies
and there are Garden State
, Lost in Translation
, Eternal Sunshine
etc. which are like other Hollywood films: have stars, and studio money but are marketed as "Independent Films." What makes these independent? Finally, and seemingly too infrequently, there are privately financed and self-distributed unusual films like
which despite their obvious merits
and the critic's adoration
are presumably ignored by the studios, blasted by the brain-numbing EW
and distributed instead by the two young first-time filmmakers
Why can't we see more non-hollywood and non-hollywood espousing independent ART on the screen? Why do we let every other multi-million dollar romantic comedy be sold to us as "indy" just because it has a quirky soundtrack or aesthetic sensibility. What can we do about it? I'm going to the movies. You?
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