The very idea of independent cinema is anti-establishment. Making a movie free of Hollywood’s influence, and without the benefit of its financial resources, can be a truly revolutionary act. But some indie movies go farther than the rest to critique, satirize, or outright demolish the status quo. These 9 movies brought counterculture to the masses.
Maybe because I’d already been to so many Sundance parties, or because I couldn’t imagine the Racquet Club as an awards hall, or because I’m allergic to hype—whatever the reason, I was skeptical about the closing night ceremony.