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Summer Reading: Is Independent Film Dying?



One of the more interesting entertainment-related stories I came across this past week is a Salon "Beyond the Multiplex" column about a subject near and dear to my heart: independent film. In the story, writer Andrew O'Hehir looks at the signs that indie films — so hot just a few years ago — are undergoing a pretty serious slide at the box office. Among the evidence:

  • Several "independent" divisions of major studios are slashing their workforce or shutting their doors.
  • Though Juno was a success last year, none of this year's indie films have broken through in a big way at the box office.
  • The "digital revolution" has led to more films being produced than the market can hold, and many of them aren't great quality.
  • Despite all that, more people than ever are saying they'd rather see independent films than studio fare.

It's an interesting look at a possibly outdated model for distributing smaller, quirkier films. So, go give it a read, and then come back here and tell me what you think about the state of independent film today.

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