Tropic Cinema’s Cinematheque Series specializes in historically important, experimental, avant-garde, and Art House films. It is part of the Tropic Cinema’s commitment to support independent cinema and the filmmakers who create it. We seek to bring you the best, smartest and most creative independent films every week.
But are you wondering just what an Art House film is?
Art House is a film genre that is an umbrella term for films where the content and style is often artistic or experimental and the film sticks closely to the filmmakers’ personal artistic vision. As one might imagine this is done so with as little compromise as possible. The narrative is often in a style known as social realism where the focus is on the characters’ contemplation of their existence or immediate concerns.
Art house films are typically made independently, outside of the major film studio system. Major studios are reluctant to finance projects which are unlikely to return a large profit. Art House films typically have a limited or niche market. Because they don’t have major studio backing Art House filmmakers rarely create big productions or have extensive marketing campaigns.
Art house filmmakers typically use a mix of amateur or lesser-known actors, modest production sets, real-world locations and no complex stunts or special effects. These films sometimes explore and develop new filmmaking conventions as the filmmakers attempt to realize their vision while working with a limited budget.
Art House films can often deliver surprisingly great cinematic experiences, with exceptional acting, well-written scripts and creative directing. Contrary to popular belief, one doesn’t need to come armed with a film degree from NYU to appreciate and enjoy Art House films.
Are you ready for change of pace? Come check out Tropic Cinema’s Cinematheque Series on Wednesday nights and see why we are so passionate about independent film.