Death of the Indie: Are Streaming Services the Only Hope Left For Small-Budget Cinema?

Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola recently threw shade at Marvel movies; the internet was set ablaze with a symphony of anti-climactic nerdgasms. Just when comic book fans thought they had won, a couple of cinematic legends appeared to say, “No, you haven’t. Originality is dead.” The resulting debate wasn’t about Marvel movies, it was about theaters filling their screens with franchises, spinoffs, or an idea of an idea (otherwise known as blockbusters). So where do indies go? It would seem filmmakers with a proclivity for small-budget filmmaking will now have to turn to streaming services. Let’s look at all of the things that outline independent films’ rickety relationship with the silver screen and try to predict where this is going.

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