American independent cinema of the late 80s and early 90s had a thriving yet cacophonous stronghold on the so called “identity film.” The children of film school and cheap independent cinema were born in this volatile and revolutionary changing of the guard and were often told in film school to start out by looking at their past and making a film about that. Filmmakers like Steven Soderbergh, Spike Jones, Ross Mcelwee and Gus Van Sant came from this school of thought and produced some of the most celebrated films of our times.
My home, Los Angeles, is a city with an identity crisis. The swirling, ever changing masses of creative minds moving in and out of the city may have something to do with it. Or, maybe it’s because it’s filled with people who are manifesting their identities through the strong medium of film. Media is what attracts most people to the city of angels and they all have to start somewhere. It seems that most start with where they came from, in essence, their... more