Underground Film Journal

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These are the films that defined the independent film movement and have endured as some of the all time great classics of underground film.

Meshes Of The Afternoon

In this classic avant-garde film, a young woman returns home and encounters visions of herself resulting in tragedy. Filmmaker Maya Deren ushered in the entirety of artistic cinema in America with this hugely influential short film that is hypnotic, dreamlike and astounding in its visionary aesthetics.

Director: Maya Deren

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Born In Flames

In the not too distant future, after a female activist dies in police custody, two rival women radio show hosts battle it out over the airwaves to make sure justice is served.

Director: Lizzie Borden

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The Connection

Two documentary filmmakers attempt to make a movie about heroin addicts waiting for their dealer to show up. Based on the play by Jack Gelber.

Director: Shirley Clarke

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The Brig

The prisoners locked in a Marine Corps jail in 1957 Japan are subjected to intense abuse and punishment from the guards.

Director: Jonas Mekas

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Female Trouble

Delinquent teenager Dawn Davenport (Divine) runs away from home and gets sucked into a world of outrageous criminal activity by a twisted couple hellbent on proving that “Crime Is Beauty.”

Director: John Waters

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