Recently, I’ve been able to watch a few documentaries and independent films that have inspired me to continue to grow and build one of the most fun-filled, wildest, and coolest brands. Each one of these films will help give you insights, inspiration, and reignite your imagination on how to unlock your inner creativity. Knowing that inspiration is a necessity in creating innovate art, ideas, and products; it was only right to put together a list of some 10 independent films that will help inspire you to continue going, working, and growing your current or future ideas.
In the list below you’ll find beautifully shoot documentaries, animations, DIY films, and more. This was intentionally curated this way to share with you all that if you have an idea you’d like to put into fruition you should go for it and not let anyone or a budget stop you from making it happen. Enjoy and definitely be sure to comment below and let us know which indie film below you vibe with the most.
1) Busk by Ramon Nyitrai
Busk is a film about people that have the ultimate talent of street performing to feed themselves and their craft while living in NYC. Nyitrai links up with a collection of street performers and shares their perspective on mastering the art to make a living in the city that never sleeps. It’s definitely worth a watch and gives introspective perspectives on what they believe they are adding to the city.
2) Danny And The Wild Bunch by Robert Rugan
Danny and The Wild Bunch features a children’s book author who is told that her new manuscript needs to be “darker.” She then finds herself revising her original playful script just to find that her revisions piss off the characters in the book, which makes them come back to make some changes of their own as a 3D darker side of themselves. The creativity in this project is amazing yet I’m always a sucker for great 3D animated films.
3) Anomaly by Dan Difelice & Salomon Lighthelm
Set against the space-race canvas of the 1960’s, Anomaly is inspired by the traditional Christmas Nativity explored through a modern-day lens, the events of two-thousand years ago. This film will instantly grab your attention with it’s awesome audio engineering and visuals. Definitely prepare to see a film that features great graphics, sounds, and storytelling.
4) Palm Rot by Ryan Gills
Investigating a mysterious explosion in the Florida Everglades, a crop-duster named Bill discovers a lone crate that survived the wreckage. With most great wise men curiosity gets the better of him and he pulls the crate unto his airboat. That’s just the first in a series of decisions he learns to regret as this bin will give him an experience he won’t forget.
5) Baltimore, Where You At? by Tim Moreau, Thomas Dumont, and Frederic Vermeersch
Here’s a film that’s deeply committed and rooted in highlighting the origins of how Baltimore Club music came to be and how it is interpreted by several of the DJs, producers, and dancers that celebrate it. Put together by a Frenchmen that fell in love with the art form, he tackles the mean streets of Baltimore with one mission. To highlight and share the story of why the music is so awesome and to share stories of many of it’s Pioneers (DJ K-Swift, DJ Booman, Scottie B, Miss Tony etc.)
6) Stussy – Real Deal by Adam Jay Weissman
Cool brief bio-pic by a playa from Los Angeles that goes by the name of Lawrence Hubbard, who adds value to the world of indie films. This documentary put together by non-other than the cool brand Stussy highlights their collaboration with an awesome pimped out illustrator from L.A. He shares his inspiration for how he came up with the concept of his cartoon series and how he tries to keep it true to his experiences throughout life.
7) Grape Soda by Justin Robinson
A marriage, broken by death, is kept alive by the memories held through grape soda. Here’s an independent film that plays off of the power of storytelling with memories being at the heart of what they showcase. We all know that time travelling into past memories can spark several feelings including happiness, sadness, etc. and in this film they manage to make sure to do all of those things to tap into your inner emotions.
8) J Dilla Documentary Part 1 of 3 by Stussy
Now we all know that everyone loves to hear about the mysterious life of the legend J Dilla. In this mini documentary Stussy manages to gather a few of his associates to help share and highlight moments of his life when they first encountered J Dilla. Part one of a three part documentary focusing on J Dilla’s life in Los Angeles but if you continue to watch all three you’ll definitely find another thing to appreciate from the legend of J Dilla.
9) From The Projects To Fan Favorite by La’Keisha Sutton
In this edgy documentary, former University of South Carolina Gamecock Women’s Basketball star, La’Keisha Sutton shares her story about her upbringing from mean city of Trenton, NJ to falling and love with basketball and becoming an international Fan Favorite. She shares her story of growing up without a father, becoming a basketball star, playing for Dawn Staley, overcoming depression, finding an apparel brand, and becoming an international star. I’d def recommend this for any kid looking for an inspirational feel good story to stay hungry to follow and accomplish their dreams.
10) WU: The Story Of Wu-Tang Clan by B.E.T.
Inspirational storytelling is all in the art of how it’s presented. In this documentary titled, WU: The Story of Wu-Tang Clan, it does just that by making sure to highlight the intellectual, grimy, talented squad from Long Island, NY humble beginnings. This depiction of the world-renown rap group takes you deep into the early chapters of the formation of the WU and how they rose to prominence as a legendary hip-hop group.