The late Vincent Van Gogh once stated, “Art is to console those who are broken by life”. We as human beings NEED to create art in order to deal with or express our feelings, circumstances, or opinions. Art allows us to approach and deal with things that nothing else provides us. One could even argue that making films is one of the greatest forms of expression available to us, but unfortunately in today's world, films are slowly becoming less and less personal.
Nowadays, it's incredibly hard to go to the movies and try to find a film that isn't a comic book movie, thriller, horror, or something that is extremely generic. Hollywood and the studios have gotten to a point where everything that they create is a drastically watered down version of a film that comes from a place of truth. They do this in order to appeal to the "generic viewer", afraid to put anything controversial or slightly different in their films because they are afraid it will have an impact on their ticket sales. The great Harvey Weinstein recently stated that: “The studios don’t care about making smart adult films for the public, but rather only care to make them as magnets for awards". He later goes on to say that the studios do not seem to understand that personal films last, due to the fact that they connect with the audience on a deeper level because they actually mean a great deal to the filmmaker and the audience can feel that place of truth and authenticity. Non personal films do not hold up like personal ones do, but are instead the run of the mill stories that everyone sees day in and day out. I mean really, could you have EVER guessed that Captain America and the Avengers would defeat the villains and save the world once again? Wow, I never saw that coming! These types of money grabbing, impersonal films that mean nothing, are forgotten one or two months later. Personal films are passed on from generation to generation. If the studios who are blinded by ticket sales and money refuse to do anything original, independent films must lead the way. That is where we come in.