“American Fringe: A New Look at American Independent Cinema” will officially launch this November as part of the Festival d’Automne. This new film series, which will take place from November 25 to November 27, will screen eight recent American independent feature films that collectively and individually capture the irreverence and innovation that have always been at the heart of that movement.
Produced by The Arts Arena, a Parisian nonprofit initiative in the visual arts, performing arts, film and issues of culture and society, the organization has just announced the lineup.
Organized and selected by Richard Peña, Director Emeritus of the New York Film Festival, and Alessia Palanti, the duo know that recently there has been an enormous growth in the number of indie films and documentaries created. With “American Fringe” they hope to celebrate a slew of works that still “imagine the independent cinema as a true alternative to mainstream production.”
“Even in a city as saturated with cinema as Paris, many of the most interesting American independents are rarely screened, as they often fall out of the established festival circuits and distribution networks,” Peña noted. “‘American Fringe’ will hopefully provide a necessary showcase for these challenging, provocative works.”
Co-curator Palanti added, “This selection testifies to the creativity and diversity one can still find in the independent cinema away from the buzz of major festivals.”
The films included in the “American Fringe” film series include:
“French Dirty,” 2015, Jesse and Wade Allain-Marcus
“Thou Was Mild and Lovely,” 2014, Josephine Decker
“Buzzard,” 2014, Joel Potrykus
“Ovarian Psycos,”,2016, Joanna Sokolowsky and Kate Trumbull-Lavalle
“Peter and the Farm,” 2016, Tony Stone
“A Woman, A Part”, 2016, Elisabeth Subrin
“Men Go To Battle,” 2015, Zachary Treitz
“Tired Moonlight,” 2015, Britni West