Industry Indies


While blockbusters continued to dominate movie-related headlines in the early 1990s, the decade witnessed the rise of a commercially successful independent cinema.  Several of its most prominent directors—Richard Linklater, Wes Anderson, and Robert Rodriguez—hailed from Texas and shot their first films in the state. Such independent films were not merely produced in Texas; they consciously depicted a new look at the state’s unique culture. Linklater’s Slacker (1991) and Dazed and Confused (1993) came to define Austin during the period, while the production of Selena (1997) represented the life and impact of a beloved Tejano music star. The development of the state capital’s high profile film festivals, South by Southwest and the Austin Film Festival, worked alongside an increased number of productions to celebrate Texas as the ultimate Hollywood “indie” location.

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