Archive for April, 2012

Construction of the first Indy movie hall in Rwanda.


Came across this great synopsis covering a lot of the best Indy movies in recent years.

Directory of World Cinema: American Independent


The advance of independent cinema is something that we have seen over the years. However, in the digital age, it is so easy to find new movies that are being released in small batches or even online. Filmmakers can make movies with any kind of camera about any topic in any time period. Not only that, but the filmmakers can make movies that appeal to a wide audience or a very small audience. Because of the rise of independent cinema, there is no need for movies to be shown in small art houses. The advance of the internet alone makes it much easier for movies to be seen, and it also makes it easier for distributors to pick up new movies that they find.

When you want to get deeper into the world of independent film, remember that all it takes is a little creativity and a good script. When Matt Damon and Ben Affleck were making an independent film that won Academy Awards, all they had was an idea, but they didn’t have to internet to gain popularity. So, with the wise use of the internet, it takes less time for filmmakers to be noticed and enjoyed.

If you find that you want to see more independent film, you should visit your local art house to see when new movies are showing, but you will also learn about when other movies are coming out across the country and online.

As independent cinema grows, more and more people will be watching these once obscure films due to the miracle of technology and the open minds of Americans everywhere.


Independence is a theme that has been ever present in the movie industry. Throughout cinematic history, there have been at least a handful of people interested in preserving the artistic integrity of the motion picture. Unfortunately the independent film can have a tendency to be largely overlooked by the general population. While there are many factors and speculations as to why an independent film may garner interest from mainstream America, the movies themselves play a large part. Specifically these three movies have encouraged the advancement of independent cinema.

3 – Nosferatu, A Symphony of Terror
Made in 1922, this film is the grandfather of independent cinema. While Nosferatu is hands down the creepiest silent film ever made, it was also the first independent film to grab the interest of mainstream America.

2 – The Terminator.
While it may appear to be a movie straight from a studio, the fact is that The Terminator was a genuine independent film from start to finish, though the same cannot be said of it’s sequels. Director James Cameron not only put together an iconic action movie with a small budget and an obscure cast, he created a film that appealed to an audience not normally drawn to independent cinema.

1 – Reservoir Dogs.
Often lauded as the greatest independent film in cinematic history, the reach of Reservoir Dogs into many different areas of cinema can be seen even today. One reason this movie was so groundbreaking? Any attention it attracted came by word of mouth. In an era where marketing is so crucial to the success of most movies, causing a movie to go mainstream strictly by word of mouth is no small feat.