1. This list will be presented in alphabetical order, since excellence in art/entertainment is often a matter of taste and thus numbering them to show that one movie is "better" than another is kind of pointless.
2. For the purpose of this list independent = made outside of Hollywood or made by a filmmaker know for off-Hollywood filmmaking and then continues to make the type of movies he or she is famous for even when he or she works with Hollywood money or other large corporate money (Spike Lee, Wayne Wang, John Sayles, Richard Linklater, etc.) . That means no Quentin Tarantino movies on this list.
3. Documentaries are acceptable for this list, as long as they are independent, as defined in item #2 above.
So, suggest titles in comments; with a brief description & or links whenever possible. I'll leave this project open for a week or so and then will pull together suggestions made at comments & my own lists, notes & will put together & publish a list containing 100 highly recommended American indie films.
Also, feel free to suggest other useful guidelines that would help in building this list.
Some titles I am thinking about right now, in no special order:
- Paris Is Burning
- The Brother From Another Planet
- Miller's Crossing
- She's Gotta Have It
- Mystery Train
- The Unbelievable Truth
6/24/07 UPDATE: I'll need about a month to come up with this list, so, see ya around 7/25/07 for the list!