Reevaluating indie

Yesterday J.J. Murphy posted something that I think is very much worth reading: an attempt to make sense of the recent debate being waged by bloggers and filmmakers alike about what indie cinema is and can do in 2010.

I won’t pile much of my own commentary on top of J.J.’s because I think that his take on indie cinema’s present predicament ought to be read on its own terms. But I will add that I echo his sentiments on the following point: indie cinema always has an audience, even in smallish markets like Madison, and we definitely need distribution networks that can deliver contemporary indie films to these smallish markets while the critical buzz about them is at its height. (This then begs the question, to be answered at a later date: in the internet age, are conversations about individual movies ever really dead?)

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