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Just before we aired our program this morning on Independent Cinema - CT Voices for Children released a study on how the tax credits may not be as beneficial to the state as we think.  We heard from Shelley Geballe on the program - as well as Culture and Tourism Flim Division Director George Norfleet.  A bit from the Voices press release:

Only 11% of the $113.2 million of state revenues lost through the "film tax credit" subsidized production expenses that were classified as "actual Connecticut expenditures." Eight productions received a total of $9.3 million in tax credit subsidies, though they reported no actual Connecticut production spending at all. Overall, the state has awarded $2.73 in production tax credits for every dollar of actual Connecticut spending on the production of films, television shows, commercials, infomercials, and video games.

But that's not all we discussed on the program.  We talked about The History of Independent Cinema - also the title of a new book by Phil Hall.  Throughout his book - Hall checks in with several folks from the film industry to get their take on the "Top 10 Most Important Independent Films of All Time".  Some of the films that showed up over and over were:

Night of the Living Dead (1968)


Easy Rider (1969)


 Harold and Maude (1971)

Husbands (1970)

Check out the book for information about these movies and lots more.  We also heard from a few listeners on Twitter who wanted to share their favorite indie films:

erikbowen@wherewelive Just so many that I love! Lately I've been interested in Chinese/Malaysian films such as 'The Beautiful Washing Machine.'

erikbowen@wherewelive John Cameron Mitchell's 'SHORTBUS' is amazing. Then there's the Japanese anime 'Tamala 2010: A Punk Cat In Space.'

capitolcinema@wherewelive We love independent films at the Capitol Cinema Collective. Our 4th annual Hartford International Film Festival is this Nov.

heldermira@wherewelive Charles Burnett's Killer of Sheep, one of the earlier indie films. Beautiful B&W cinematography.

heldermira@wherewelive Great new indie film from Australia: THREE BLIND MICE