Arthouse Independent Feature Film

Arthouse independent feature films are films in limited release and exhibited through independent and specialty theaters. These independent feature films are not created for a mainstream audience but rather a niche market. Arthouse cinema or art films are more focused on the art and experimentation of the form than on mainstream blockbuster appeal.

Arthouse independent feature films are produced without the pressures of the mainstream Hollywood model of “dumbing down” the narrative and plot. The films are not placed into a template format for structuring the narrative. This allows for unique vision and more a “real” representation of reality. Arthouse independent feature films or cinema allows for more subjective interpretation and viewer engagement in the creation of the films meaning.

The film community and mainstream Hollywood need arthouse independent feature films. Arthouse cinema are on the cutting edge of innovation and experimentation. When a new idea is found to be commercially viable it is often repeatedly copied in mainstream media. Many of the large mainstream studios have small divisions dedicated to the acquisition and distribution of arthouse cinema.

Arthouse independent feature films often are independently financed. The budgets are a lot less then it costs to produce commercial films. This makes the potential ROI of these films to be high if they get proper distribution. Arthouse feature films are often discovered at independent film festivals. Distribution channels for these films include theatrical release, television, cable, pay per view, video rental, and internet DVD sales and downloads.

Auteur Films

Independent feature film auteurs are filmmakers who create independent films that can be categorized and recognized by their individual film-making styles.

The French theorists came up with classifying some directors as “auteurs” or authors based on their recognizable signatures upon their body of work. A director that could preserve his style, vision and imprint was considered an auteur filmmaker.

Digital filmmaking allows many more directors to create auteur independent feature films because the financial risks are a lot less then studio films as they imprint personal style and taste over commercial restraints. Some of the contemporary auteurs are David Lynch, Spike Lee, Martin Scorcese and Quentin Tarantino.

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The Independent Feature Film Writer-Director

The independent feature film writer-director has a strong individual voice reflected in a film. It is common that films written by a screenwriter are no longer involved with rewrites of their original script. If the script is kept the same – the screenwriter rarely is included on the set. This differs a lot from theater where the playwright often collaborates with the director throughout the production.

Often viewers say that they have just seen a film but it seemed as if they were watching two or three different movies. That may be because of the different voices and opinions that have been weaved into the production. Could you imagine a painting or novel completed by multiple artists and businessmen? When the voice of a film is interrupted or changed, the vision, perspective and art of the film suffers. This is not the case with the independent feature film writer-director.

There are many facets in the complex process and collaboration of film-making that films often do not fall under one vision. The independent feature film writer-director has control over both story and bringing it to life. Current examples of independent feature film writer-directors are Woody Allen, John Sayles and Kevin Smith. A strong director-writer may be the closest a film has to a true author.

North Hollywood Pictures - a Los Angeles area film production company creates independent feature films by writer-director Don Haderlein.

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