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  • By Sidney
    July 04, 2014
    08:35 PM

    All hail the Independent film!
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  • By Marcelo Arias Souto
    July 06, 2014
    04:58 PM

    I'm surprised that you didn't mention some of the most influential filmmakers of independent cinema. Before John Cassavetes, there were two great Hollywood directors that made pretty independent works: Nicholas Ray (They Live By Night, 1948), and Samuel Fuller (I Shot Jesse James, 1949). Fuller made Park Row (1952) -his own favorite movie- with a small budget and his own money. Orson Welles' Othello (1952) is also one of the first U.S. independent efforts. You forgot some experimental and documentary filmmakers, such as Jonas Mekas, Stan Brakhage, Frederick Wiseman, James Benning, and Thom Andersen. And what about Charles Burnett (the best African-American director), Elaine May, David Lynch, Gus Van Sant, John Sayles, Hal Hartley, Todd Haynes, John Gianvito, David Gordon Green and Kelly Reichardt? I don't care much about the Coen brothers, Spike Lee, Quentin Tarantino and Paul Thomas Anderson (who became mainstream quite soon, like Scorsese), but I think they also deserve a place. Good for Cassavetes, Richard Linklater, and -to a lesser extent-, Allison Anders and Wes Anderson. But among the names I mentioned above, Steven Soderbergh is a hack.
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    • By obscuredbyclouds
      July 06, 2014
      10:49 PM

      The one I agree with most is Fuller. I'm kind of surprised they forgot him. To be fair though, I did think this list was enjoyable (even though I'm quite surprised they added in Border Radio instead of Chantel Akerman).
  • By Gord
    July 08, 2014
    06:33 PM

    Dunham might be successful. I've never bothered with girls so I'll take your word on it being a cultural phenomenon. But has she earned a place with the others? Not that my opinion matters - she has a spot on this list without bad blood from me if you say so, but holy crap she stands out in my mind in an embarrassing way. Remember Sesame Street - one of these things is not like the others, one of these things is not the same....?
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  • By Clai_S
    July 31, 2014
    08:07 PM

    What is your bias against John Sayles? He has consistently been one of the most intelligent and original voices in independent film, and not only do you ignore him in your list above, I can't find a single Sayles-directed film on your website. What's the problem here?
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    • By Craig J. Clark
      August 01, 2014
      12:20 AM

      The problem is they haven't been able to license any of Sayles's films as of yet. For my money, a prime candidate would be City of Hope, which is the only one of his films that has never received a DVD release, let alone Blu-ray.

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