People: The Indie Beat
by findingDulcinea Staff
A countdown of five influential indie players under 30, inspired by Paper magazine’s “Non-Hollywood” profiles of unique actors, filmmakers and other film-set tastemakers, a familiar feature of the magazine. Profiles include a first-time writer/director who’s avoided the Hollywood spotlight and other longtime, yet still fresh-faced, professionals of the film world who have stuck to their guns and always chosen unique and thought-provoking projects.
Sarah Polley is a Canadian actress from Toronto, Ontario whose unconventional rise to the top—eschewing Hollywood—has helped her become one of the most respected “indie” actresses around. She upped the ante when, in 2007, she released the film Away from Her, which she wrote and directed based on Alice Munro’s short story “The Bear Came Over the Mountain.” A movie she turned down in the ‘90s, Cameron Crowe’s Almost Famous, wound up making its lead actress, Kate Hudson, a Hollywood star. But Polley wanted something different.