Celebrate Your Independents:
Eleven Great American Filmmakers
This Fourth of July, we’re observing American independence—in a cinephiliac sort of way. Whether radically experimental, quietly observant, or cuttingly hilarious, the following indie filmmakers have staked their claims as some of the most fascinating artists of our national cinema, past and present. A handful of them have gone on to studio-financed productions while others have remained under the radar, but all of them maintain the kind of idiosyncratic personal ethos that defines American independent moviemaking.