Indie Film

Rare Photos and Ephemera Documenting the No Wave Cinema Movement

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Gallery 98, an online gallery that specializes in the art and ephemera of the 1970s and 1980s, is currently hosting a fantastic exhibition featuring photos and more from the No Wave cinema movement. Most of the images were intended to be advertisements for the indie film projects, which are rarely screened today. Still, they encapsulate the downtown New York scene that emphasized experimental techniques, guerrilla-style shoots, hybrid art forms, and the underground figures at the heart of it all. We feature several of the works on display past the jump, including a photo of Debbie Harry on the set of Amos Poe’s The Foreigner; a publicity photo of East Village fixture Patti Astor with famous b-boy Crazy Legs in Charlie Ahearn’s Wild Style — the first hip hop feature film; and materials from the MWF Video Club, affiliated with indie art collective Colab, whose members included Jenny Holzer, Kiki Smith, and Eric Mitchell.
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What Is an “Independent Film” in 2013?

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In all the hubbub over the Oscars on Sunday night, we didn’t get a chance to say much about the weekend’s other big movie awards ceremony: the Independent Spirit Awards, held the previous evening. As usual, it was a chance to spotlight little movies that weren’t going to get attention the next night — movies like, um, Silver Linings Playbook, which won four awards for Best Director, Best Feature, Best Screenplay, and Best Female Lead. Coincidentally enough, Silver Linings Playbook was up for the equivalent of those same four awards (and four more) at the Academy Awards. Jennifer Lawrence won Best Actress at both. Yay, independence!
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The 30 Best Movie Posters of 2012

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Before we close another chapter in cinema history, take a look at some of our favorite film posters from 2012. We kept our inner movie critic in check and focused on the retro, minimal, satirical, and striking artwork representing this year’s slate of incredible (and yes, terrible) movies. These designs did what every successful movie poster should: pique our curiosity, grab our attention, invite us to explore the story deeper, and give us great style. Do the best posters of 2012 meet your design-savvy expectations? Check out our selections after the jump.
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