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Indie Film Snobbery Part Deux: A Different View

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Some say that French is the official language of snobs. I may or may not be included included in this group.

The wonderful thing about the “geek rising” that is happening right now in this country is that the movement is bringing along with it an acceptance from the wider population.

I was a closeted geek all through my childhood, afraid to buy comics or play board games, or you know, read a book. I had “tough guy” things to do and so spent my time playing war, building forts, riding dirt bikes, chasing girls (and being terrified of them) and the like. And I had a blast, make no mistake. My childhood antics with my friends set the bar to nigh unreachable on the fun-o-meter and I am grateful for those times spent with those friends. Now, as an adult, I am embracing my geekier side a bit and I feel like there are friends I didn’t make, either never having never met them or meeting and disregarding them as nerds. Books and plays I was too “cool” to read or audition for and now leave me without a way to contribute to conversations I now find myself in these days. But I’m catching up, slowly.

An amazing aspect to the rise of nerd culture is the pure venom and competition within the various sects of geek. The irony of it all is that now that “nerds” have become mainstream, it’s other nerds doing the bullying.

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Snobs in their traditional garb, looking for someone with less film knowledge to sacrifice to their patron director.

The “race for face”, as I call it, is a continual contest to prove who knows the most–who has the most fervent devotion–about what may well be an insanely esoteric and completely theoretical subject. Matters of trivia become points of conflict. Minor opinions become matters of unending, feirce and rage-fueled combat.

Any fan is expected to become a critic in the world of snobbery. This “criticism” generally is expressed by expounding at length on plot holes and side plots only hinted at by the creators of the work. Think I’m overstating the severity? Have a blog? Then I dare you to ask which “Doctor” is better. Are you a masochist with a penchant for getting flamed to Hell? Declare which incarnation of Doctor Who is best.

The first insult that will be lobbed towards one who dares state an opinion about any form of media: “You aren’t a real fan!” What is a real fan? Someone who is exactly as devoted to the fandom as they are. Devoted any less? You are a casual fan, and probably a “sheep”. Devoted any more? You are a fanatic socially inept basement-dweller.

It may seem that there is no way to win, but that’s not the case. There is no shortage of snobbery in the realm of independent film. Film snobs are annoying, but their existence is due to the increasing popularity of independent film. More people are enjoying indie film than ever before, and that’s a great thing.

Snobs are just an unfortunate side-effect of increasing popularity.

Indie Film Snobs

There is a notion that the passion and devotion of cinephiles involves exclusionism. In the same way that die-hard comic book fans or sci-fi geeks (term used endearingly!) are groups unto themselves, who test and screen civilians who dare to attempt to join their ranks, there is a growing disposition among the Independent Film audience which has been viewed as elitism. [Read More…]

Director Spotlight: Jeff Nichols

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In the past 15 years, independent film has become enamored with exploring the personalities and culture of rural America. From David Gordon Green’s poetic, violent meditations such as George Washington and Undertow-to-Debra Granik and her unflinching portrait of addiction Down to the Bone and adaption of Daniel Woodrell’s Winter’s Bone, indie filmmakers have been exploring the rich canvas of the American South and turning its slowly disappearing culture into some of the most engaging and innovative filmmaking currently being produced. And Jeff Nichols is perhaps one of the most aesthetically accomplished filmmakers to emerge from this gritty territory. [Read More…]

Women in Film – Outside “The Box”?

“There is a concept that still exists – decades later – that male themes are universal, and appeal to everybody. Women’s concerns (or themes) appeal only to women and they are separate from human, universal concerns that men deal with, and you see that played out in movies.”

These are the words of long-time stage and screen New York actress, and Second-Wave feminist Nancy LeRoy. [Read More…]

What A Twist!

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The twist is that this rather twisty thing has been inside your every cell this whole time!

Twists of all sorts have the potential to be fantastic. Have you ever had a spiral churro? They are superior to churros without a helical form. Cinnamon, sugar, and fried dough always amount to a culinary delight that everyone can enjoy. Compelling characters, intriguing and well-placed plots, and visionary cinematography always results in a delicious film. [Read More…]

Too Meta?

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This is incredibly meta, if you think about it really, really, really hard. I promise.

In the modern age, we are consuming more media than ever before. We all spend hours watching, listening, and reading media and media about this media. Sometimes we even consume media about the media about the original media. [Read More…]

4 Reasons To Watch Indie Films

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A Kinetoscope from the late 19th century, a hopelessly primitive device you couldn’t even watch on your couch in sweatpants.

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…]

What Is Indie?

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An extremely obscure festival that no one–especially no one in Hollywood–has ever heard of.

 

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 (may have) Missed in 2014

 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…]