Best Independent Films Ever Made are full of angst and growth but most off all fantastic music. Its the sound and the absence of sound that create mood and rhythm for the American Independent film.
Smithereens (1982) – The awakening of post feminism and the independent film movement can thank Susan Seidleman. In this incredibly written tightly woven nod to the end of a punk era, Seidleman thrusts Wren into our lives to be a unlikeable anti hero. Often lost in the wake to congratulate male directors for creating the stream of early indies.
Stranger Than Paradise (1984) – Quirky, loveable and strange the road trip of nothing to nowhere. Like a train wreck where nothing goes wrong but the derailment in slow motion you can’t take your eyes off of it.
El Mariachi (1992) – For a few thousand dollars writer / director Robert Rodriquiz gave spirit and depth to the revamped indie film movement through a tough guy genre played out with no excuses.
Myth of the American Sleepover (2010) – First feature film for David Robert Mitchell takes small town midwestern teenagers through the last night of summer. Honest and intimate portrayal of youth on the cusp.