August 29, 2015 at 9:02PM

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American Independent Classics

I just read that recent article about all these revolutionary cinematic movements that impacted the world, but the one I was suprised not to hear about was the rise of American Independent productions. I geuss my main question is: What was the name of the sudden rise of all these autarchic movies? It mainly started booming in the 90s when artist like Quentin Tarantino, Kevin Smith, Paul Thomas Anderson, Gus Van Sant, Richard Linklater, Robert Rodriguez, and especially Wes Anderson, began to bend the rules of filmmaking. It was practically the birth of Mirimax before it was bought out. Nonetheless, they completely undermined Hollywood and started a new revolution, so there had to be a name for this movement, right?

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Kevin Smith is about the only person that has stayed out of Hollywood's influence. Pretty much everyone else became part of the Hollywood system once they became successful.

Then there are "real" Indie filmmakers like Shane Carruth who does everything independently, and does not want any part of the Hollywood system.

August 30, 2015 at 7:02PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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I do agree with the Shane Carruth factor, he's one of my favorite paragons of cinematic artistry. But what I meant was when the other artist like Linklater and Tarantino were making films back in their glory days of true independence, was there ever a name for this new wave of independent filmmaking? Because it really all started back with John Cassavetes and transformed over the course of the 70s and 80s, then to the radical age of the 90s.

Jimbo Jarbo

August 31, 2015 at 4:18AM

>>>But what I meant was when the other artist like Linklater and Tarantino were making films back in their glory days of true independence

I think they were only independent until they were successful. Meaning they were independent because they had NO choice, where Shane Carruth actually chooses to be independent because he does not want to be part of the Hollywood system.

August 31, 2015 at 11:03AM

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Guy McLoughlin
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That's a pretty good point, but was there ever a name for this new wave of freshly innovative American cinema?

Jimbo Jarbo

August 31, 2015 at 12:33PM

>>>but was there ever a name for this new wave of freshly innovative American cinema?

I think the term "Auteur" pretty much covers it. These films were noticed because the vision of the director was so unique and intense that they quickly established their own unique brand of film-making.

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/auteur

August 31, 2015 at 1:36PM, Edited August 31, 1:36PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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