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Classic American Indie

Celebrating the outsiders and mavericks whose independent methods rewrote the rulebook for American cinema.

This collection features both landmark features from, and illuminating documentaries about, some of the movement’s key practitioners, including Kenneth Anger, John Cassavetes, Gregg Araki and John Waters. Told together their stories are testimony to a movement that changed the way Hollywood operates and revitalised American cinema.

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Half Nelson
Half Nelson
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Half Nelson

Drama2006107 minsDirector: Ryan Fleck

Ryan Gosling received his first Oscar nomination for his performance as an inspirational inner city high school teacher, in this moving story of redemption in an unforgiving world

Honeydripper
Honeydripper
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Honeydripper

Drama2007124 minsDirector: John Sayles

Acclaimed writer-director John Sayles brings the birth of rock 'n' roll to life with electrifying effect, with Danny Glover heading up a stellar cast.

Dark Horse
Dark Horse
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Dark Horse

Drama201186 minsDirector: Todd Solondz

Todd Solondz directs Selma Blair and Jordan Gelber in this delightfully dark satire as romance blooms between a toy collector and a depressed woman.

Frozen River
Frozen River
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Frozen River

Crime200893 minsDirector: Courtney Hunt

Nominated for two Oscars (Best Actress – Melissa Leo - and Best Original Screenplay) Frozen River is a riveting thriller that raises questions about the borders we construct, between countries, communities and each other.

Faces
Faces
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Faces

Drama1968130 minsDirector: John Cassavetes

Richard and his wife Maria seek solace from their disintegrating marriage in the arms of other lovers in John Cassavetes's powerful 1968 feature.

King of New York
King of New York
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King of New York

Crime1990103 minsDirector: Abel Ferrara

Christopher Walken is the dogged drug-lord determined to keep his empire together, in Abel Ferrarra's brutally gritty crime thriller.

Night Moves
Night Moves
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Night Moves

Thriller2013113 minsDirector: Kelly Reichardt

Jesse Eisenberg and Dakota Fanning star in a taut political thriller about radical environmentalists planning to commit an act of eco-terrorism.

Computer Chess
Computer Chess
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Computer Chess

Comedy201391 minsDirector: Andrew Bujalski

Andrew Bujalski’s hilarious and surreal comedy about the birth of computer culture, set in an early 1980s conference where primitive programmers take on chess masters.

Short Term 12
Short Term 12
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Short Term 12

Drama201397 minsDirector: Destin Daniel Cretton

A care-worker is confronted by a troubled teen whose case history provokes an unwelcome reminder of her own concealed and traumatic past.

I Am Divine
I Am Divine
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I Am Divine

Documentary201390 minsDirector: Jeffrey Schwarz

A unique documentary about a unique person – follow Divine’s life from humble Baltimore beginnings to superstar status as the Queen of Cult.

Interior. Leather Bar.
Interior. Leather Bar.
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Interior. Leather Bar.

201360 minsDirector: James Franco

James Franco and Travis Mathews recreate explicit footage cut, rumoured to be lost, from one of the most notorious gay features ever made.

Spanking the Monkey
Spanking the Monkey
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Spanking the Monkey

Comedy199495 minsDirector: David O. Russell

David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook) made his feature debut in 1994 with this biting black comedy, which caused a stir with its incestuous subplot and portrayal of adolescent restlessness.

A Woman Under the Influence
A Woman Under the Influence
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A Woman Under the Influence

Drama1974146 minsDirector: John Cassavetes

John Cassavetes's powerful drama stars Gena Rowlands and Peter Falk as a blue-collar couple struggling to cope with the wife's slide into mental illness.

The Exiles
The Exiles
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The Exiles

Drama196173 minsDirector: Kent Mackenzie

Kent Mackenzie's gritty, vérité depiction of the lives of marginalized Native Americans living in Los Angeles draws comparisons to the work of John Cassavetes and Vittorio de Sica.

Anger Me
Anger Me
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Anger Me

Animation & Artists Moving Image200671 minsDirector: Elio Gelmini

Like all good magicians, the life and work of Kenneth Anger, the Magus of underground film, is crowded with mystery and myth.

The Killing of a Chinese Bookie
The Killing of a Chinese Bookie
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The Killing of a Chinese Bookie

Gangster1976109 minsDirector: John Cassavetes

John Cassavetes’s uncompromising character study of a gangster, with Ben Gazzara as the small-time club owner whose life begins to spin out of control.

Opening Night
Opening Night
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Opening Night

Drama1977144 minsDirector: John Cassavetes

John Cassavetes’s emotionally charged film stands as one of the great American movies about theatre and the art of performance.

Shadows
Shadows
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Shadows

Drama195982 minsDirector: John Cassavetes

John Cassavetes' directorial debut follows the relationship between a mixed-race woman and a white man.

Pink Narcissus
Pink Narcissus
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Pink Narcissus

197165 minsDirector: James Bidgood

With its highly charged hallucinogenic quality, its atmosphere of lush decadence, and its explicit erotic power, Pink Narcissus is a landmark of gay cinema.

Vapors
Vapors
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Vapors

Drama196532 minsDirector: Andy Milligan

Set in a New York bathhouse, this gritty but sensitive portrayal of pre-Stonewall gay life, chronicles an awkward encounter between two equally inexperienced strangers.

Totally F***Ed Up
Totally F***Ed Up
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Totally F***Ed Up

Drama199376 minsDirector: Gregg Araki

Gregg Araki's typically excessive and eccentric portrait of the lives of a group of six gay and lesbian teenagers in Los Angeles.

Within Our Gates
Within Our Gates
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Within Our Gates

Drama191974 minsDirector: Oscar Micheaux

Oscar Micheaux’s startling silent classic – the earliest surviving feature from an African-American director – presents a fascinating black counterpoint to Griffith’s Birth of a Nation.

Birthright
Birthright
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Birthright

Drama193874 minsDirector: Oscar Micheaux

Oscar Micheaux directs the story of a Harvard graduate whose attempts to establish a rural school runs into opposition from both races.

Blood of Jesus
Blood of Jesus
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Blood of Jesus

Drama194156 minsDirector: Spencer Williams

Spencer Williams feverish melodrama about a woman’s flirtation with Satan was independently produced out of Texas with an amateur cast and a budget of $5,000.