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State of the indie audience

Posted at 11:18 AM on September 15, 2008 by Euan Kerr

I have been pondering the following paragraph, which is the conclusion of AO Scott's New York Times article about the latest death of indie films. He points out that for all the success of indie films at the Oscars, there were huge numbers of other such films last year which sank without trace, at least at the box office.

Scott says it raises all sorts of questions about the future of indie movies:

Will there now be fewer? Would that be a bad thing? Will fewer mean better, or just more of the same? These questions have ultimately less to do with the movie business -- which always changes and always stays the same -- than with the state of the audience. All of these strategies of marketing, branding, campaigning and publicizing amount to a strenuous, sloppy effort to intuit the desire and influence the behavior of moviegoers. And the problem may be not that there are too many movies, but that there are too few of us.

Meanwhile over at the Toronto Star Peter Howell complains that many of the films offered at this year's Toronto International Film Festival are not for the weak-stomached. (Be warned: the article has a number of pretty graphic details.) These will be the films we will be seeing at the multiplex in the next year.

So all-in-all it could be for an interesting year.

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