To most, American independent cinema began in the late 1980’s-early 1990’s. With the rise of names like Spike Lee
, Richard Linklater
, Kelly Reichardt
and Quentin Tarantino
, American Independent film has been the breeding ground for some of cinema’s greatest artists, and fostered some of cinema’s greatest artistic achievements. However, for anyone with even a surface level interest in independent film, knowledge of its deeper, decade-spanning history here in the Us is quite clear.
Dating back to the very birth of cinema, independent artists of every race, creed, gender and sexual orientation have been creating films looking at specific experiences. However, many of these films, from the silent era to more modern times (Kelly Reichardt
’s River Of Grass
only just last year saw a real release outside of festival appearances) have gone relatively unseen.
One of these films even comes from a prestigious pedigree. A product, of sorts,