…So we’ve been watching a lot of American independent films recently. All genres, budgets ranging from $100-$10,000,000 (nevermind if we should really call that indie). For one of us, watching indie films is part of our job. When you look at a large sample of things that hang together, naturally you start to see patterns. We thought it might be fun, helpful, infuriating to list 10 things that were conspicuously absent from the sample but that we really wish weren’t. We invite you–nay, we implore you!–to add your own items to the list by dropping us a line or a comment. (Note: these 10 things have nothing to do with marketing or technology–there are more than enough of other places for thinking about filmmaking that way…). Anyway, so, here’s what we got:
1) Different mistakes.
2) Ambition in the right place. When did filmmakers stop making personal films that are not about themselves (but about the big themes of the day)?
3) Frank treatment of sex and sexuality (this does not require graphic material).
4) More like a symphony, less like a story.
5) Moments of real and uncalculated grace or spontaneity or mystery.
6) An understanding of the true cost of redemption or restoration.
7) Images that show a filmmaker is seeing not just telling.
8) Kinetic energy.
9) The use of actually original original scores or collaborations between filmmakers and avant-garde, progressive, or underground musicians.
10) A sense of evil.
- Independent Film Update: Three films cement the new status quo for independent filmmaking (coolhunting.com)
- CINEMA IS DEAD. LONG LIVE CINEMA! (or, “suicide by creativity”) (fugitivecinema.com)
- Women in Independent Films Growing, But Not Yet on a Par with Men (voanews.com)
- IS HOLLYWOOD DRINKING YOUR MILKSHAKE? (Soderbergh’s “State of Cinema” address) (fugitivecinema.com)
- NYWIFT Event | Filmmakers Talk Film Funding (winterfilmawards.wordpress.com)
- Does the World Need More Indie? Or Is It Just Us Americans? And What Is Indie Again…? (fugitivecinema.com)
- Stay Indie: develop a unique filmmaking process (fugitivecinema.com)