I see a lot of movies each year, many of which never find an audience beyond the festival circuit. Most, in fact, aren’t even good enough to play the festival circuit and end up in a cloud-based digital dustbin, available to stream, but not in anyone’s queue. Every year, though, there are always a handful of well-made, thoughtful indie films that stand out from the crowd.
Over time, these films rack up an impressive number of festival laurels, maybe a few awards, and enter the distribution marketplace with lots of (often untapped) potential. This list is a selection of the best U.S. indie films I saw at festivals this year (including SIFF, where I program U.S. indies) that will be available for your viewing pleasure on a big (or small) screen near you sometime in the next year (if they aren’t already).
So do yourself a favor and watch these films. You’ll be glad you did. #SupportIndieFilm in 2015, y’all!