Essential Independents Film Festival Comes to Melbourne

This two week festival will feature 32 films that will depict the cinematic vanguard of the past, present and future of independent cinema from the United States.

Created by artistic director Richard Sowada, this festival will showcase 14 films that will have their Australian premiere as part of the 32 film program. Essential Independents: American Cinema, Now celebrates new narrative feature and documentaries and includes a showing of first films from now major international filmmaking talents.

Films include Anna Rose Holmer’s The Fits, Oren Moverman’s Time Out Of Mind, a newly restored print of Kelly Reichardt’s River Of Grass, Matthew Miele’s documentary Crazy About Tiffany’s,  Mapplethorpe: Look At The Pictures and more.

The festival will feature performances from Australian and international stars including Joel Edgerton, James Franco, Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Sarah Silverman and Sam Worthington.

Essential Independents: American Cinema, Now will run at the Palace Cinemas Como and Palace Westgarth from Wednesday May 18 to Wednesday June 1.



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