TOP INDIE FILMS
Film, often called movie or motion picture, by its general definition is a series of still images shown simultaneously to simulate the illusion of movement. Its early beginnings as said by Brian Manley “cannot be credited to one individual as an over simplification of any history tries to do.” Defending the fact, claiming that its origins are combination of the efforts of different inventions accumulated throughout the years.
Throughout the years, film has diversified into two major classifications, the mainstream and the independent. Mainstream films are such movies that are big budgeted, produced by major production companies and widely released in cinemas such as the Lucas‟ and the Spielberg films and the like. Such films are released in cinemas for a short period of time and are tailored to attract customers at a global scale. Whereas independent films are the opposite, being produced outside a major studio and often tackles topics that the mainstream people do not usually take. It is known to be the “mirror to reality” as it endeavours such plots about societal issues and culture, going against the usual Hollywood-sequel type of filming as it focuses on a rather uncanny approach in its production.
Today, despite of several problems from the distinction of mainstream from Independent cinema, it continues to grow and make a mark of its own. Top five favourite films from SXSW 2016:
1 “Under the Sun” – An extremely rare extended look into the isolated culture of North Korea, this enthralling yet heartbreaking documentary stole the show at this year’s festival. Originally commissioned as a propaganda film produced by the North Korean (DPRK) government, writer/director Vitaliy Manskiy instead turned the film into an expose on the manipulation and abuse the DPRK people face every day. A strange and unsettling tour-de-force from beginning to end, “Under the Sun” is unlike any film we may see again. Here’s to hoping some awards season success is in its future.
2 “Hardcore Henry” – Few films have made throw arms up in the air and cheer as the credits roll but “Hardcore Henry” earned that honour with its one of-a-kind thrill ride experience. Shot almost entirely on Go Pro cameras and with a first-person point-of-view, “Hardcore Henry” takes little time showcasing why it was the winner of the prestigious Midnight Madness People’s Choice award at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival. Sure to make those in the first few rows a little bit queasy, writer/director Ilya Naishuller’s fever dream of unrelenting pace of silliness and hyper-violence will surely make my yearend top 10.
3 “Pet” – The mid nighters portion of SXSW film often produces big hits or misses and this intense thriller is easily the former. An opening night standout, “Pet” uses the familiar face of Dominic Monaghan (“Lord of the Rings”) to create a disturbing thriller to produce a story about a lonely animal caretaker going to extremes for affection. The fast paced plot along with the many twists will keep all of those looking for thrills and gore highly satisfied when the film hits theatres later this year.
4 “American Fable” – Making a fairy tale film with an indie budget should be difficult, but that wasn’t the case for first-time writer/director Anne Hamilton. Led by a stunning performance from the young Peyton Kennedy, “American Fable” uses lush cinematography to tell a captivating story with a strong dose of Americana mixed in. The fantastical elements are few in number but the lack of over-the-top fantasy actually makes this film even more special.
FREQUENCY OF WATCHING INDIE FILMS
According to the tallied data no one watches independent films within a weekly basis. With that said, nine percent (9%) watches indie films several times a month, five percent (5%) watches only once a month, twenty five percent (25%) watches on a yearly basis, and the sixty one percent (61%) majority watches several times a year. It is for the reason that independent film fest happens at least just twice or thrice a year through Cine Malaya, Cine Pambansa and MMFF New Wave Festival.
On the other hand, the data gave four choices on where the audiences usually watch indie films: at Cultural Centre of the Philippines (CCP), at film festivals, malls, and at home through internet, cable television and the like. Twenty two percent (22%) watch independent films at the CCP, ten percent (10%) watch at film festivals, twenty nine percent (29%) watch at malls and thirty nine percent (39%) watching at home specifically through DVD‟s and the internet.
In conclusion, the current research results proved that the respondents perceive independent films mostly as a reflection of society and real life. The result simply utters positions on specific socio-political realities that they have experienced or observed; positions that usually contradicts rather than contribute to state driven discourse. By presenting an alternative view, subverting a dominant view, showing the opposite of what those in power claim, highlighting realities ignored in the public forum, and so on, they raise consciousness, provoke questions, but do not necessarily.
The current research was also able to establish prospective relationships of values, plot/theme and cultural background as reasons why respondents watch independent film. There is an evident mark that correlates these three variables to impact which makes independent films impactful to their lives. The results of the current research could fully attribute to its objectives as truly relevant to the indie films‟ impact to its audiences. The main objective of the current research is to test if Indie films are impactful to Intramurals based Audiences.
A film’s relevance to one’s culture affects the patronage on the independent cinema. Indie films showcase people’s experiences from their culture which makes indie films much relating to its viewers. High relevance of indie films equals to sure success of its screening. A film’s cultural relevance is another factor in determining if an indie film has directly affects the life of its viewer. Most indie films that cater to the Filipinos are we tend to see independent films as the mirror of our society and put it to every one’s mindset that such films are films created by reality itself without the fact of sensationalizing the real problem or issue.
Having almost every respondent answered that if there is a chance to watch an indie film, they would grab that opportunity for it is the time that the society embraces new trends and new industries which were already part of this generation. .