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Indies Endangered

The Hollywood Reporter has a piece bemoaning the state of independent films. Basically the article claims that indies can't get distributed or even made in the current climate without a star. It mentions that big names started flocking to the indie scene in the 90's when it became trendy for A-listers to work for scale to revive their career or get additional recognition.

The article fails to bring up that this relationship is symbiotic in nature. Yeah, celebrities slum it up for scale for less than altruistic reasons, however many independents would never have been seen by anyone if it wasn't for the A-listers. I see this as a correction. Sure indies are getting more commercial and hard to make without celebrities, they're becoming mainstream. True independents will have to resort to video with post-production processing, no-name actors, and small runs with the hope of word of mouth advertizing... Which is almost exactly what they were before the 90's happened anyway. --Terrence Ryan


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