Independent film industry is something that probably not everybody knows or at least has a little knowledge about it. However, since many years ago, the independent movies and directors are having their spot in the cinemas of the whole world. Probably not with much attention, but those movies exist and due to technology and all the new things that are in the world, it is actually better and easier for people to have independentmovies in their houses.
Films from an infinite group of countries are made every year. A top of the greatest ones is really difficult, but if we create our own boundaries and limitate the top into the most amazing and greatest 10 independent films from 1990 until 2004, we will probably have a very short but truly good top of movies.
Countries like Mexico, United Statesof America and the United Kingdom are having their own independent productions and every year there are more movies that are being part of the big list of films in the different cinemas of the world. So, it just time to begin with this top 10 of the greatest independent films that includes the countries: USA, Mexico and UK.
El Mariachi: it is a Mexican movie directed by Robert Rodríguez and it was made in 1992 and this movies in considered as a guerilla filmmaking. It is a very good movie that actually got the international attention of people.
Dead Man’s Shoes: it was made in 2004 and you will probably hear something about it. The director was Shane Meadows and it is considered as one of the best independent movies coming from the United Kingdom.
The Passion of the Christ: this movie was directed by the actor Mel Gibson and it was released in 2004. This movie, definitely, got not only the attention but also the impression and good comments of people all over the world. It was actually one of the most sale movies in 2000.
Amores Perros: this is a Mexican movie directed by Alejandro gonzales Inarritu and it was released in 2000. This movie is known not only by its director but also for the very good participation of the actors.
Lost in Translation: it is a Sofia Coppola movie and it wa smade in 2003. This film is absolutely over the clichés and it is a very well done movie.
In the Company of Men: it is a movie directed by Neil LaBute and it was made in 1997 and its director was firstly part of the American Theater and then he got into the independent film industry and has this movie as an example of what he is capable to do.
The Usual Suspects: it is a film made in 1995 and directed by Bryan singer. This film is about crimes, but it defintely goes further and deeper than what we all are used to see about it.
Reservoir Dogs: it was made in 1992 and the director was no less than Quentin Tarantino, so this movie is one of those from this director that should be in the list of movies to see.
Lone Star: it was made in 1996 and the director was John Sayles. In this movie, one of the most important things is the way how the direction, the story and the actors are all well accomplished.
Run Lola Run: it is not about Forrest Gum and it was made in 1998 by the director Tom Tykwer.
The South American market of movies is not that famous in the world. However, there are some countries that have made their part in order to make their contribution to the competitive and complicated world of the cinema industry. It has been dominated by all the films that are made in places like Hollywood, but later, there has been a big change on this situation and countries and industries withtheir own way of producing movies are having their own chance.
Colombia, for example, is a country internationally known by its TV series, but it is also well known that this Latin American country has its movieproductions that are part of its cinema market. Besides, some of those films had their space in international cinemas. Nevertheless, when it is about the independent film industry, Colombia (and South America in general) has not that recognition in the entire world, sometimes not even in their own country. Something that is really sad, but what we are going to do now is focus in the independent movies that have been produced in Colombia.
In 2013 there was an independent movie that was presented in the Colombian Cinemas . It is about to be shown in the international cinemas in countries like Venezuela. This film is actually a comedy that tales the story of the habitants of an old building. The name of this movie is Edificio Royal and it is just one of the movies that the Colombian cinema has to give. Among the people who worked there, that is the name of the actress Katherine Vélez that is internationally recognized due to her great job.
Colombian association for producers, directors and artists
Independent films in this South American Country also have their association that really help all those people that truly want to be part of the Colombian cinema. The ACOCINDE or, by the name in Spanish, Asociación Colombiana de Cineastas Independientes, is the organization in charge to form, help and administrate all the new proposals that the Colombian artists have in order to keep alive all the effort and Colombian independent films that have been in the cinemas since so many years ago.
Directors, Producers and artists in general are all trying to give and do their best so they can continue doing independent films in the country. Sometimes it is necessary to have an alliance with other countries in order to have a movie, but it is not that bad when what is going to be shown is a movie that is really good and that is trying to demonstrate that countries like Colombia can really be part of the complicated independent film industry.
Independent movie festivals are not that big in Colombia, however there are some that have many years being produced in the country. Some of those festivals are:
Festival de Cine Rosa
Festival de Cine Verde de Barichara
Festival de Cine de Cali
Cinexcusa, Festival de cine de Neyva
Festival internacional de cine por los derechos humanos en Bogotá
Ghosts, zombies and blood are some of the feautes that characterized a horror movie. Many are the fans of this film category produced by the independent filmindustry for many years. 50 horror indie movie are listed as the best horror films of all times:
My Name Is Bruce (2007)
Poultrygeist: Night Of The Chicken Dead (2008)
I Come With The Rain (2009)
Satan’s Little Helper (2004)
Murder Party (2007)
The Lost (2006)
End Of The Line (2007)
Home Sick (2007)
The Signal (2007)
Hell’s Drifter (2009)
The Stink Of Flesh (2005)
Spring Heeled Jack (2008)
Jacob’s Ladder (1990)
Red, White & Blue (2010)
The Girl Next Door (2007)
Paranormal Activity (2007)
Zombie Flesh Eaters (1979)
Switchblade Romance (2003)
Tucker & Dale Vs Evil (2010)
Ginger Snaps (2000)
The Devil’s Business (2011)
Shaun Of The Dead (2004)
I Saw The Devil (2010)
Harold’s Going Stiff (2011)
Dawn Of The Dead (1978)
Funny Games (1997)
Kill List (2011)
The Devil’s Backbone (2001)
Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer (1986)
Let The Right One In (2008)
The Blair Witch Project (1999)
Black Christmas (1974)
The House Of The Devil (2009)
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
Night Of The Living Dead (1968)
The Evil Dead (1981)
Paranormal Activity Movies Series
California is the location for a supernatural horror film series based on real live events. Camcorders, security cameras and many other devices are used for the haunted family to record the supernatural activities and the murders several members of the family. Five movies have came up to Hollywood big screens since the released of the serie in 2009.
Zach Braff, directs and stars the movie Wish I Was Here, a indie film that will debut in the Sundance Film Festival 2014. It’s a comedy drama movie that narrates the story of a straggling father and husband looking for a purpose for his life.
Independent Film brings an important list of 50 quality movies for the 2014 to be enjoy by the cinema lovers. Between the movie that stand up from the list are:
Big Eyes – Tim Burton
Dear White People – Justin Simien
Everything Will Be Fine – Wim Wenders
Far From the Madding Crowd – Thomas Vinterberg
Foxcatcher – Bennett Miller
The Grand Budapest Hotel – Wes Anderson
Happy Christmas – Joe Swanberg
The Immigrant – James Gray
Love is Strange – Ira Sachs
Night Moves – Kelly Reichardt
Nymphomaniac – Lars von Trier
The Sacrament – Ti West
Suite Francaise – Saul Dibb
Tracks – John Curran
Wish I Was Here – Director: Zach Braff
Palo Alto Movie
James Franco stars the indie film Palo Alto, directed by the recognized director Gia Coppola. Highlighted in the Venice Film Festival 2013. Palo Alto became the first big project for Coppola Jr., who comes from a three-generation family tradition of great directors of the indie film movement.
Emma Roberts (April) together with James Franco (Teddy) stars the love story developed in the community of California. It’s a story full of drama and complication for the young couple.
Birdman(directed byAlejandro González Iñárritu): A Hollywood actor tries to be successful in the world of theatre participating in a serious Broadway play.
Grace of Monaco(directed byOlivier Dahan): Nicole Kidman starring this movie based of the biography the Hollywood actress Grace Kelly.
Life Itself (by Steve James): It is a documentary based of the life of Roger Ebert, a famous American film critic, journalist and screenwriter.
The Grand Budapest Hotel(byWes Anderson): it is a comedy film starring by Ralph Fiennes that relates the story of a young concierge who tries to prove his innocence, after a murder committed at the hotel where he works.
Map to the Stars(directed byDavid Cronenberg): Actors like Julianne Moore, John Cusack, and Robert Pattinson starring this film is about Dr. Stafford Weiss and his family with the archetypical Hollywood dynasty. A famous psychotherapist, a drug addict young son and apyromaniac daughter are part of the story related in this movie.
Trenton Film Festival
New York City and Philadelphia will host the Trenton Film Festival, dedicated to award the indie movies industry. New film of many categories will be exposured, allowing the members of the industry to interact with the art film fans during 6 days. This year the festival will beggin in May 10 until the 14th.
Robert De Niro founded in 2002 together with Jane Rosenthal the Tribeca Film Festival with the finality to celebrate New York City as a major film making center and honoring the attracts of September 11, 2001. As every year since the festival was launched, a panel discussions the independent films presented, that includes documentaries, narrative features and shorts and a family-friendly films program.
Stuart Ortiz and Colin Minihan, the Vicious Brothers are the writers of “Extraterrestrial”. The film, directed by Mr. Minihan, stand up in the Tribeca Film Festival, telling the story about friends that ventures to a cabin in the wood but the night brings the crash landing of a giant spaceship changing the plans and converting the film in a twist straight out of “The X Files.”
Tribeca Film Festival Winners
Kevin Spacey, Adam Levine and Hailee Steinfeld are some of the personalities that enjoyed of the Tribeca Film Festival where movies like “Zero Motivation” and “Point and Shoot” won best narrative feature and best documentary, respectively, between many others film presented at the festival and awarded as the winners of each categories.
Independent Film is not as new a many people things. This movies, in the last decades, have had an important grow up in the movies industry because of the low budges but creative plot and scenes.
Citizen Kane Movie
Scripts have highlighted the art films for being creative, alternative and out of what is habitual in Hollywood. It’s because of this features that some movies of the art house film has stand out between others becoming the best art film movies of all times.
Andrei Rublev (Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky)
Mulholland Drive (Directed by David Lynch)
L’Atalante (Directed by Jean Vigo)
Tokyo Story (Directed by Yasujirō Ozu)
Citizen Kane (Directed by Orson Welles)
A Clockwork Orange (Directed by Stanley Kubrick)
Days of Heaven (Directed by Terrence Malick)
Fanny and Alexander (Directed by Ingmar Bergman)
The White Ribbon (Directed by Michael Haneke)
The Gospel According to Saint Matthew (Directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini)
Art Film of All Times
Stanley Kubrick was A Clockwork Orange director. This film from 1971, talks takes place in a futuristic society ruled by a strict government, which applies many restrictions on citizens.
Alex is the main character of this movie that created a gang of criminals, terrorizing the society with acts of rape, violence, and robbery with other teenage that answer by the name of Dim, Pete, and Georgie in the movie. Nadsat is language called spooked for Alex, which is a mix of both Russian and Cockney English. It’s part of the amazing and different facts that converge in this story really iconic for the art house film.