Why Independent Films and Documentaries are Great!


Vincent Moon by Brantley GutierrezThere's something about the experience of finding an obscure film that nobody's heard of and then loving every minute of it--much more than that last blockbuster you paid major $$$s to see at the movies.

In the past couple of years I've discovered the world of independent film and while some of my favorites have become quite popular, a few indies deserving of attention remain under the radar.

It's Called Artistic License

Independent films are defined as those produced mostly outside of a major studio and usually with lower budgets than the ones produced by large studios. This gives the director more of an artistic license, which can result in a rewarding viewing experience.

There is often more of an emotional depth revealed in these films (drama genre especially), and that's what I like about them. They force us to look at the world in a different light.

Indie Films that Knocked Me Flat

The Visitor


There are also many documentaries out there that defy the preconception that they are dull to watch (like a history class you can't escape from).


Two come to mind when I think back on documentary films I won't forget any time soon: Bra Boys, the story of Australia's famed Maroubra surf "gang" and The Garden,  the story of the 14 acre community garden built in South Central Los Angeles.

There are many more to choose from in our catalog.

For Online Lists of Award-Winners and Other Films Visit

Indie Films at the Internet Movie Database

IFC.com, the official site of the Independent Film Channel

Photo Credit: Vincent Moon by Brantley Gutierrez


Author Bio:

Kimberly Day is currently working towards her MLIS degree at San Jose State University and loves her job working in a public library. When it comes to movies and books she likes, a favorite quote comes to mind from Kafka: "A book should serve as the ax for the frozen sea within us." In other words, she likes a good tragedy.


The Garden

The Garden was an awesome film!

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