Sundance Class of ’92: The Year Indie Exploded

Sundance Class of ’92: The Year Indie Exploded

26 Episodes

1992 was a watershed year for American independent cinema, led by the Sundance Film Festival, where a generation of filmmakers proved that passion and personal vision could overcome any budgetary limitation. It was the year that idiosyncratic gems like IN THE SOUP, THE WATERDANCE, and GAS FOOD LODGING found acclaim for their bold, offbeat storytelling; the year that the New Queer Cinema (a term popularized at the festival’s “Barbed Wire Kisses” panel) crystallized with touchstone works by Gregg Araki (THE LIVING END), Derek Jarman (EDWARD II), and Tom Kalin (SWOON); and it was a banner year for documentaries, with nonfiction triumphs by Errol Morris (A BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME), Michael Apted (INCIDENT AT OGLALA), and Camille Billops and James Hatch (FINDING CHRISTA) all making waves. Thirty years later, these films remain fresh and exciting landmarks from a time when the possibilities of indie filmmaking seemed limitless.

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Sundance Class of ’92: The Year Indie Exploded
  • The Waterdance

    Episode 1

    Directed by Neal Jimenez and Michael Steinberg • 1992 • United States
    Starring Eric Stoltz, Helen Hunt, Wesley Snipes

    Paralyzed from the waist down after a hiking accident, Joel Garcia (Eric Stoltz) is a successful writer who is undergoing months of intensive physical and psychological therapy i...

  • Where Are We? Our Trip Through America

    Episode 2

    Directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman • 1992 • United States

    Academy Award–winning documentary filmmakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman take a journey through unfamiliar lands—in their own country. Having spent most of their lives on one coast or the other, they wondered what they coul...