“Indie” films garner a larger audience

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By Savannah Elahian

“Mud,” “12 Years a Slave,” “Blue Jasmine,” “The Theory of Everything,” and “Beast of the Southern Wild” are all independent films that have been nominated for an Academy Award this year.

The recent popularity of indie movies has made them more accessible to a wide range of audiences.

Viewers are no longer accepting any movie to watch for two hours. They want a movie with a real plot that can make them feel something. And with big name actors getting into the indie grind, viewers have more reasons to watch this genre of film.

It’s not that indie films have really changed, however, these movies are now getting picked up by distributors, making them easier for the people to find and love.

Independent, or “indie” films, as they are more commonly known, are movies produced independently, without being developed or financed by a major or minor studio.

A lot of movies have become so popular that people do not realize their indie status. “Salem,” “Big Eyes,” and “Foxcatcher” were all in numerous theaters and received a lot of attention despite the fact that they are technically indie and started with very low budgets.

In the summer of 2013, 23 films were released with a budget of $75 million or more, however large budgets don’t necessarily guarantee viewership.

In particular, “After Earth” cost $135 million to produce and roughly $100 million to market worldwide, yet it opened to $27.5 million in ticket sales, with global sales equaling only $244 million.

Similarly, “The Lone Ranger” and “Expendables 3” also did not do well in the box office of that summer.

Overall, independent films have a lot to offer. with great content, these movies are often more genuine than other feature films. There are numerous indie movies to watch, from award winning ones to underrated knock-outs available on Netflix. Here are a list of indie films people can enjoy if they’re looking to watch one:

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