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American Independents

American Independents

American Independents
  • A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night


    Directed by Ana Lily Amirpour • Horror • 2015 • US • Farsi with English subtitles
    Starring Sheila Vand, Arash Marandi, Marshall Manesh

    Ana Lily Amirpour burst onto the scene with this black and white Iranian vampire Western, which premiered at Sundance and won a Gotham Award for Breakthrough Dir...

  • It Felt Like Love


    Directed by Eliza Hittman • Drama • 2013 • US • English
    Starring Gina Piersanti, Giovanna Salimeni, Ronen Rubinstein

    In this unflinchingly honest and refreshingly unsentimental coming-of-age story from Eliza Hittman ("Never Rarely Sometimes Always"), 14-year-old Lila spends a languid Brooklyn s...

  • Losing Ground


    Directed by Kathleen Collins • Comedy • 1982 • US • English
    Starring Seret Scott, Bill Gunn, Duane Jones

    The inimitable Kathleen Collins's second film is the story of two remarkable people: Sara Rogers, a Black professor of philosophy who embarks on an intellectual quest just as her painter husb...

  • Little Fugitive


    Directed by Morris Engel, Ruth Orkin, Ray Ashley • Drama • 1953 • US • English
    Starring Richard Brewster, Winifred Cushing, Richie Andrusco

    Widely regarded as one of the most influential films of American independent cinema and nominated for an Academy Award, “The Little Fugitive” is a charming ...

  • The Wanderers


    Directed by Philip Kaufman • Drama • 1979 • US • English
    Starring Ken Wahl, Karen Allen, Linda Manz

    Featuring a golden oldies soundtrack and a talented cast of young up-and-comers, this cult classic from Phillip Kaufman follows the exploits of an Italian-American gang in the Bronx in 1963, turni...

  • Alma's Rainbow


    Directed by Ayoka Chenzira • Drama • 1994 • US • English
    Starring Kim Weston-Moran, Victoria Gabrielle Platt, Mizan Kirby Nunes

    An essential film in the ‘90s Black cinema canon, Ayoka Chenzira's overlooked classic "Alma's Rainbow" is a coming-of-age comedy-drama about three Black women living in...

  • Obit.


    Directed by Vanessa Gould • Documentary • 2017 • US • English
    Featuring Bruce Weber, Margalit Fox, William McDonald

    The first documentary to explore the world of obituary writers, "Obit." focuses on the legendary team at 'The New York Times', who approach their work with journalistic rigor and ...

  • Poison


    Directed by Todd Haynes • Arthouse • 1991 • US • English
    Starring Edith Meeks, Larry Maxwell, John Leguizamo

    Winner of the Grand Jury Prizes at both the Sundance and Berlin Film Festivals, "Poison", directed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Todd Haynes ("Carol"), is a groundbreaking American indie f...

  • The Queen


    Directed by Frank Simon • Documentary • 1968 • US • English
    Featuring Jack Doroshow, Andy Warhol, Edie Sedgwick

    More than 40 years before “RuPaul's Drag Race", this ground-breaking documentary about the 1967 Miss All-American Camp Beauty Pageant introduced audiences to the world of competitive d...

  • Songs My Brothers Taught Me


    Directed by Chloé Zhao • Arthouse • 2015 • US • English
    Starring John Reddy, Jashaun St. John, Irene Bedard

    Academy Award winner Chloé Zhao's debut feature captures the subtleties of a marginalized existence. Johnny, a restless Lakota teen, and his little sister Jashaun live with their mother on...

  • Lydia Lunch: The War Is Never Over


    Directed by Beth B • Documentary • 2021 • US • English
    Featuring Lydia Lunch, Thurston Moore, Kembra Pfahler

    "Lydia Lunch: The War Is Never Over" by Beth B is the first career-spanning retrospective of Lydia Lunch’s confrontational, acerbic and electric artistry. As New York City’s preeminent No...

  • Running Off to the Circus: Paul Auster on Film


    Directed by Spencer Ostrander, Theodore Rex King • Documentary • 2022 • US • English
    Featuring Paul Auster

    "Running Off to the Circus: Paul Auster on Film" is a career-spanning feature-length interview with the legendary author and director. In Part 1 Auster passionately discusses the formative ...

  • Test Pattern


    Directed by Shatara Michelle Ford • Drama • 2020 • US • English
    Starring Brittany S. Hall, Will Brill, Gail Bean

    Part psychological horror, part realist drama, this exhilarating debut feature from Shatara Michelle Ford follows an interracial couple whose relationship is put to the test after a B...

  • Downtown 81


    Directed by Edo Bertoglio • Arthouse • 1981 • US • English
    Starring Jean-Michel Basquiat, Debbie Harry, Richard Weigand

    Shot in New York City in the eighties and written by Warhol associate Glenn O’Brien, "Downtown 81" features graffiti innovator and artist Jean-Michel Basquiat moving through th...

  • Ganja & Hess


    Directed by Bill Gunn • Horror • 1973 • US • English
    Starring Duane Jones, Marlene Clark, Bill Gunn

    Flirting with the conventions of blaxploitation and horror, Bill Gunn’s revolutionary independent film is a highly stylized and utterly original treatise on sex, religion, and African American ide...

  • Rhythm Thief


    Directed by Matthew Harrison • Independent, Drama • 1995 • US • English
    Starring Jason Andrews, Eddie Daniels, Kevin Corrigan

    Director Matthew Harrison, one of the most exciting American independent filmmaking talents to emerge in the 1990's, was awarded a Special Jury Recognition for Directing ...

  • Museum Town


    Directed by Jennifer Trainer • Documentary • 2019 • US • English
    Featuring Meryl Streep, Nick Cave, James Turrell

    With appearances by artists ranging from James Turrell to David Byrne and narration by Meryl Streep, this documentary uncovers the history of how MASS MoCA became the largest museum ...

  • Oliver Sacks: His Own Life


    Directed by Ric Burns • Documentary • 2020 • US • English
    Featuring Oliver Sacks, Temple Grandin, Atul Gawande

    A month after receiving a fatal diagnosis, esteemed neurologist Oliver Sacks sat down for a series of interviews in his apartment in New York City. For eighty hours, surrounded by famil...

  • Viva



    Directed by Anna Biller • Comedy • 2007 • US • English • Mature Content
    Starring Anna Biller, Jared Sanford, Bridget Brno

    “Viva” is a cult retro spectacle about a bored 1970s housewife who gets sucked into the sexual revolution. Abandoned by her perfect Ken-doll husband, Barbi (writer/director A...

  • Momma's Man


    Directed by Azazel Jacobs • Comedy • 2008 • US • English
    Starring Matt Boren, Ken Jacobs, Flo Jacobs

    Bumped from a flight back to Los Angeles, Mikey returns to his childhood home, a cluttered, cocoon-like Manhattan loft presided over by his bohemian parents. Re-installed in a household saturated...

  • On Broadway


    Directed by Oren Jacoby • Documentary • 2020 • US • English
    Featuring Helen Mirren, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman

    As theatergoers prepare for the return of Broadway after COVID, an all-star cast, including Hugh Jackman, Helen Mirren, James Corden, Viola Davis, and Ian McKellen, tell the story of th...

  • Out of My Head


    Directed by Susanna Styron • Documentary • 2018 • US • English
    Featuring Paul Auster, Joan Didion, John Lewis

    A filmmaker seeking treatment for her daughter's migraine attacks discovers a confounding neurological disease and learns why a devastating condition, afflicting nearly a billion people ...

  • Bless Their Little Hearts


    Directed by Billy Woodberry • Drama • 1983 • US • English
    Starring Nate Hardman, Kaycee Moore, Angela Burnett

    A key masterpiece of the L.A. Rebellion film movement written by Charles Burnett, "Bless Their Little Hearts" showcases director Billy Woodberry's attentive eye and sensitivity to real-...

  • The Price of Everything


    Directed by Nathaniel Kahn • Documentary • 2018 • US • English
    Featuring Jeff Koons, Jerry Saltz, Jeffrey Deitch

    "The Price of Everything" examines the role of art and passion in today’s money-driven, consumer-based society. Featuring collectors, dealers, and a rich range of artists from Jeff Ko...