With the advent of easily accessible streaming video and other forms of rapid digital distribution, it is easier than ever to enjoy independent film. No longer does one have to go to a film festival or an arthouse theater to view these films, though still great options! But why would you want to watch a film by a director you’ve never heard of [Read More…]
After many years of obscurity, indie films have captured the hearts and minds of many discerning viewers. Recognizing the increased popularity of indie film, major studios have been increasingly developing and funding “indie” branches and marketing their films as “indie”. There is no longer the clear separation between indie films and Hollywood that there once was. This fusion has led to a reasonable question: what makes a film truly indie? [Read More…]
5 Films You Missed (but that you absolutely need to see now) In 2014
2014 was an amazing year for independent film with certified blockbusters and game changers such as Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, Joon-ho Bong’s directorial debut Snowpiercer, and Jennifer Kent’s “not a horror movie” The Bababdook making some real noise in the world of cinema. But like every year, I guarantee you there were more than a few films you missed in 2014 that are worth your time tracking down. So I’d like to take a couple of [Read More…]
Obviously most people who attend film festivals think they’re amazing. I mean, what’s not to love about them? You typically get to spend a long weekend (or longer) doing nothing but watching great new films, discovering new voices, interacting with filmmakers and actors during Q&A sessions.
Those in favor of film festivals…
For filmmakers, the feeling is usually mutual. They have an opportunity to have their work viewed by an enthusiastic audience, answer questions about their process, and perhaps find a distributor for their film. For many filmmakers showing and touring their work on the film festival circuit is a dream come true.
“I don’t really expect much from my life. So when I heard my films are premiering in film festival circuits I was glad of course but I thought it was lucky accident.”—Takeshi Kitano, actor, director of Outrage & The Blind Swordsman: Zatochi
The less than enthusiastic…
But then there are other filmmakers who don’t take such a sunny approach to the film festival circuit. Certain filmmakers believe that the entrance fees and travel expenses involved with the festival circuit are a waste of resources, particularly regarding larger festivals such as Toronto, SXSW, or Sundance where there are literally hundreds of films being screened and the filmmaker is fighting for the least bit of attention from both the audiences and potential distributors.
But film festivals are so much more than just finding a distributor. There are usually vast career and educational opportunities, as well as being able to network with other filmmakers, actors, potential investors, industry professionals, and fans.
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The next entry on our way to building the 50 Favorite Indie Films list is…
Sex, Lies and Videotape
Indie film lover Richard Thomas submits this indie “heard ’round the world” for your vote consideration. Thanks Richard for the submission!
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JP, my friend, you’ve done it again. Every time we talk about film or books you always drop something I’ve never heard of in my lap! Today we’re talking about the 2003 indie film Kontroll.
Holding down a solid 7.7 on IMDB and certified fresh with 82% on Rotten Tomato this Hungarian film has [Read More…]