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American Indies: A Style of Their Own

American Indies: A Style of Their Own

American low-budget, outside-the-mainstream films seem to be populating our watchlists today more than ever. Only a few of them, nevertheless, might truly stand out as memorable ones.

In face of such recent overabundance, we’re thrilled to present a selection of American indies that have stood out as some of our favorites from the past decade or so—all proving how adventurous and refreshingly bold storytelling can be in our modern times.

THOU WAST MILD AND LOVELY

Josephine Decker United States, 2014

A true auteur on the U.S. indie scene, Josephine Decker’s second feature (which was funded partly on Kickstarter!) unfolds like an atmospheric and erotic dream. Decker reworks the psychodrama of Bergman and the impressionism of Malick into an utterly unique, intensely primal experiment.

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STINKING HEAVEN

Nathan Silver United States, 2015

Filmed on a bygone video camera, Stinking Heaven immerses you in the darkest crevices of the 1990s: a rehab commune housing a coven of colorful yet caustic personalities. A lucid vision of Sartre’s assertion that “hell is other people,” written with an utmost sincere sense of anarchy. Oddly sublime.

SUN DON'T SHINE

Amy Seimetz United States, 2012

The directorial debut from actor turned filmmaker Amy Seimetz (She Dies Tomorrow), this gripping, widely praised indie is centered around an unforgettable and captivatingly intense performance from lead performer Kate Lyn Sheil (The Girlfriend Experience). Co-starring director Kentucker Audley.