Watch an Hour-Long Documentary on the History of Independent Cinema

Watch an Hour-Long Documentary on the History of Independent Cinema

May 15, 2013


Our astute managing editor, Erik Davis, spotted another great find at Tumblr fave Cinephilia and Beyond. Shannon Davis' 2006 documentary Edge of Outside is an hour-long, in-depth look at the history of independent cinema, celebrating the genre's hallmark directors: John Cassavetes, Peter Bogdanovich, Roger Corman and more. Davis interviewed Hollywood heavy hitters like Martin Scorsese, who shares great stories about filmmakers like Sam Fuller.

The Steel Helmet director made pictures at major studios like Fox and Columbia that didn't look like studio films and had a "pure, singular way of seeing the world." Scorsese also explains that the spirit of indie filmmaking was alive in Hollywood during the 1920s and was nurtured by the system for a time before it branched out on its own — not just as low-budget filmmaking. Everyone from D.W. Griffith to Quentin Tarantino is discussed. You can watch the first 15 minutes with us, and then follow the YouTube links for more. 

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