Indies in the 2000s
This week, we're revisiting the Season 4 episode of Forgotten Cinema where we covered the 2000 indie film - Two Family House. Written & Directed by Raymond De Felitta and starring Michael Rispoli, Kelly MacDonald, Katharine Narducci, Kevin Conway, Matt Servitto and more alums from The Sopranos.
If you listen to the show, you've heard me talk incessantly about my affinity for indie films and Two Family House is right in the conversation as a movie that just hits on all story points and delivers such a great message. Could this movie have been made by a big studio with a big budget? Maybe. But it wouldn't have that charm that comes with indie films.
Here are some other indies from the early 2000s that you should check out, if you haven't already:
Before there was Tenet, there was Primer. Two tech engineers accidentally discover time travel and proceed to do what every one of us would do, try to make some money on the stock market with future knowledge. I mean, right?!
Written, Directed and Everything Else by Shane Carruth for a budget of...wait for it...seven thousand dollars! Seven. Thousand. Dollars.
I first saw this movie at the Tribeca Film Festival about a massage therapist trying to reconnect with her son and overcome her own addiction demons by moving in with a wealthy ex-client. Directed by Griffin Dunne. Written by Dirk Wittenborn (the book, as well) Starring Diane Lane, Anton Yelchin, Donald Sutherland, Kristen Stewart and Chris Evans. And let's just say - he's no Captain America in this one.
If you haven't seen this film, written and directed by Adrienne Shelly and starring Keri Russell, Nathan Fillion, Cheryl Hines, Adrienne Shelly, Jeremy Sisto and Andy Griffith, please do yourself a favor and find it. It's such a great, positive flick that finds you fighting right alongside Jenna as she desperately seeks happiness after discovering she's pregnant by her no-good husband, Earl.
You can find the Forgotten Cinema Podcast at these portals below: