Fourteen films will have their Australian premiere as part of the brand new Essential Independents: American Cinema, Now festival coming to Palace Cinemas in May. The two-week festival, curated by artistic director Richard Sowada, will showcase the past, present and future of independent cinema from the United States and its impact on the international screen industry.
With a diverse program of 32 films, across five categories, Essential Independents celebrates new narrative feature and documentaries and includes a retrospective on first films from now major international filmmaking talents, including Kelly Reichhardt, Kathryn Bigelow and Sofia Coppola.
Oren Moverman’s Time Out Of Mind, starring Richard Gere, will open the festival, but take a look at some of our highlights from the program after the jump. Note: blurbs credited to the official website.