July 15 to July 27

Husband and wife John Cassavetes and Gena Rowlands, rightfully considered the patron saints of American independent cinema, created art with their own money, in their own home, surrounded by friends and family. They are now an aspirational image so frequently conjured and misapplied to anything “indie” that the depth and scope of their achievements have become somewhat obscured and misunderstood. Their legacy encompasses roles as writer and director, producer and actor, mentors, collaborators and distributors, in a creative universe where everything was new, tried and pushed. Yet the myths, emulated by many, of these great films and how they were created – that trial and sacrifice yield masterpieces, that struggle and chaos birth brilliance – leave out the crucial fact that one has to be extraordinary to begin with, and thus leads to a simple conclusion: In the history of cinema there is Gena Rowlands and John Cassavetes, and there is everybody else.

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