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Why Indies Must Resist Hollywood

Why Indies Must Resist Hollywood

Just in time for this week’s Sundance, you can read my annual grouse at the new film website FilmCatcher. (These film websites come and go, don’t they? The Daily Reel is no more; FilmCatcher is altogether different, something like Spout.com, I guess, but indie film, as it was proven in movie theaters over the past year, has a limited audience, so….) Anyway, my main argument here is that the festival itself is not to blame for the obliteration of true art in American independent cinema, but it’s Hollywood’s sneaky insinuation into the culture of art-house filmmaking, whether it’s mainstream television-based directors, producers, and writers going “indie,” or studios themselves getting into the “specialized” business. Nothing new to readers of indieWIRE, of course, but I thought it was worth a reminder: as I write in the piece, “We can quibble about the definition of independent film until our tongues go dry, but TV sitcoms, no matter how one spins it, are not the template.”–i.e. “Little Miss Sunshine,” “Pieces of April,” “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” etc.–“And neither are network TV dramas, Mr. Paul Haggis…”

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