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Top 100 American Independent Films

(January 13, 2015)
In a World Escape From Tomorrow Short Term 12
Lake Bell's "In a World..." (2013; starring, written and directed by Lake Bell) was the most rented film in our American Independent section this time around. Randy Moore's creepy Disney World film, "Escape from Tomorrow" (2013; filmed guerrilla-style at Disney World) came in second followed by Destin Daniel Cretton's "Short Term 12" (a 2014 Ebertfest film). Richard Linklater's trilogy, "Before Sunrise" (1999), "Before Sunset" (2004) and "Before Midnight" (2013) made the Top 10 but have fallen off the podium. It's nice to see our recent foodie arrival, "Now, Forager" (2012; directed by Jason Cortlund and Julia Halperin) up there, too. Our AIF section started out as a place to put films that debuted at the Sundance Film Festival but has grown to include lots of films simply made outside of the "system". It's full of interesting, smaller titles and is a great go-to place to go for something you probably haven't seen yet, but most certainly ought to. Here are the Top 100 renters from the AIF section:
1 IN A WORLD...
2 ESCAPE FROM TOMORROW
3 SHORT TERM 12
4 BEFORE MIDNIGHT
5 BEFORE SUNRISE
6 BEFORE SUNSET
7 MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (2013)
8 INEVITABLE DEFEAT OF MISTER...
9 NOW, FORAGER
10 BENEATH THE HARVEST SKY
11 BIG NIGHT
12 DONNIE DARKO
13 DOWN BY LAW
14 STRANGER THAN PARADISE
15 TAKE ME HOME
16 BLOOD SIMPLE
17 GIMME THE LOOT
18 PRIMER
19 SAINTS AND SOLDIERS: THE VOID
20 AS HIGH AS THE SKY
21 FROZEN RIVER
22 HAPPINESS
23 I USED TO BE DARKER
24 LETTERS FROM THE BIG MAN
25 ROOM, THE
26 SQUID AND THE WHALE, THE
27 2 LITTLE MONSTERS
28 ANOTHER EARTH
29 ART OF GETTING BY, THE
30 MAN PUSH CART
31 ME AND YOU AND EVERYONE WE KNOW
32 PI
33 SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED
34 TRUTH ABOUT EMANUEL, THE
35 UPSTREAM COLOR
36 VILLAGE BARBERSHOP, THE
37 AMREEKA
38 BAADASSSSS
39 BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD
40 BUFFALO '66
41 CHOP SHOP
42 CLERKS
43 COME EARLY MORNING
44 CRY BABY
45 DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST
46 DESTRICTED
47 ERASERHEAD
48 GOODBYE SOLO
49 HEATHERS
50 IN THE FAMILY (2011)
51 NIGHT ON EARTH
52 OWNING MAHOWNY
53 PECKER
54 PINK FLAMINGOS
55 PSYCHOPATHIA SEXUALIS
56 SERIAL MOM
57 SMOKE SIGNALS
58 SYMBIOPSYCHOTAXIPLASM
59 TIME BEING, THE
60 TRUCKER
61 UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS VS A MUMMY
62 UNTITLED
63 VIC: HW FORGOTTEN VIC REEVES
64 YOU CAN COUNT ON ME
65 2 DAYS IN PARIS
66 84 CHARING CROSS ROAD
67 ADAM
68 ALL THE REAL GIRLS
69 ALL THE WRONG PLACES
70 AMERICAN MOVIE
71 ANGER, KENNETH: VOLUME 02
72 ANSWER MAN, THE
73 BAGHEAD
74 BALLAD OF JACK & ROSE, THE
75 BEESWAX
76 BLACK CIRCLE BOYS
77 BRIEF INTERVIEWS WITH HIDEOUS MEN
78 BROWN BUNNY, THE
79 BY BRAKHAGE: AN ANTHOLOGY: VOL 1
80 CECIL B. DEMENTED
81 CELEBRITY MIX
82 CHILDREN OF INVENTION
83 CHOKE
84 CHUCK & BUCK
85 CINEMA 16: AMERICAN SHORT FILMS
86 CLERKS 2
87 COLD LANDS, THE
88 COMBINATION PLATTER
89 DIE MOMMY DIE
90 DISCONNECT (2010)
91 FADE
92 FILMS OF CHARLES & RAY EAMES: 1
93 FILMS OF JAMES BROUGHTON
94 FOUND FOOTAGE FESTIVAL, VOL 1
95 FOUND FOOTAGE FESTIVAL, VOL 2
96 FOUND FOOTAGE FESTIVAL, VOL 3
97 FUNNY HA HA
98 FUTURE, THE
99 GIRLFIGHT
100 HALF NELSON
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