A few years ago, it has been a custom set in the film industry to anticipate big-budgeted films such as Pirates of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Tangled (2012), and Spider Man 3 (2007) to be the greatest blockbuster hits of their respective years. But, as the years passed by, thus came the increase of the indie film culture and more and more self-supporting directors began entering into the concoction.
One can safely assume that this growth of indie films commenced with the release of the 1989 film “Sex Lies and Videotape” which was directed by Steven Soderbergh. The film follows an unorthodox story with a not so distinguished casting however the film itself was an instant hit as it served as a rung on the ladder to success for a lot of independent directors and producers.
From then on the Indie movie culture has remained to grow and over the past few years, a lot of independent film studios have evolved into additionals of reputable forces of the film industry. The growth of the independent film culture advocated the American theater that focuses on this type of movies which had small budgets.
As the independent films are becoming more popular, more and more contributions are starting to come in. And with more investments coming, more independent films begins to come out that will ultimately result in the establishment of film festivals that served as a prime exhibition of such films. The Sundance Film Festival, Brooklyn Film Festival, Los Angeles Film Festival and Raindance Film festival are just a few examples of how famous independent films has came to be throughout the years.
But, Over time, not only do these directors and producers have aim their attention on low budgets but also being artistically independent. The prime example of the breakthrough independent films have reached can be added with the fact that the 2014 film “American Sniper” was one of the only big-budgeted films to have a chance at getting the Best Picture Award when in fact the contest had a number of indie films such as “Boyhood” and “Whiplash”.
The growth of the independent film culture has been enormous particularly in the past 10 years. The most famously known Oscar narrative is “David v Goliath”. Furthermore, the appearance of independent films has made the same circumstance based on the recognition and acceptance, independent films are conquering the competition in an industry that was once dominated by the Big Brothers who liked to create big-budgeted blockbuster films in the past, however, the overall dynamic is beginning to steer towards these artistically independent films.
Here are 2 indie films that are really worth watching:
- 20th Century Woman
Set in the 1970s, 20th Century Woman emphasizes on 3 women from California encountering love and change in their city. Annette Bening, Greta Gerwig, and Elle Fanning star in the A24 film, which was nominated for “Best Motion Picture” at the Golden Globes Awarding Ceremony.
- King Cobra
King Cobra is an LGBT film that is based on a true story of a young gay porn star. This film starred James Franco, Molly Ringwald, and Christian Slater.