It’s easy to look back at a year of films and say that only the good films should have been made, but that’s like saying that venture capitalists should fund only the Twitters and Googles and not bother with anyone else. It just doesn’t work that way.
To fortify her argument, Dargis points out that many of the best films of 2013 were released by studios or affiliates. But just where does studio talent actually come from? When you look carefully, many of the Hollywood directors who make great films or TV shows got started with long-shot films at Sundance or other film festivals. A short and incomplete list from Sundance alone includes Quentin Tarantino, Darren Aronofsky, Kevin Smith, Kelly Reichardt, Lisa Cholodenko, Noah Baumbach, Nicole Holofcener, Wes Anderson, Christopher Nolan, Steven Soderbergh, Greg Mottola, Richard Linklater, Todd Haynes, and Jim Jarmusch. Who among these remains undiscovered in a world of “fewer films”?
It’s pretty crazy how many of the best filmmakers were discovered in the film festival circuit. Anyone who thinks there should be fewer independent films is insane. There should (and there will) be more.