Mumblecore 101

"Mumblecore is the sole significant American indie film wave of the last 20 years to have emerged outside the ecosystem of the Sundance Film Festival," according to the New York Times, August 19, 2007. "The films are often anthropological studies of 20-something mating rituals, attuned to the halting rhythms and circular digressions of actual speech."

Writing for Filmmaker Magazine, Alicia Van Couvering has said, "The first aesthetic indicators (of the genre) are improvised dialogue and naturalistic performances, often by non-actors. The films employ handheld, vérité-style digital camerawork and long takes. Budgets are tiny. The plots hinge on everyday events. The stories are often obvious reflections of the filmmakers’ lives. Most characters are white and educated and pursue creative endeavors when…

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  • Funny Ha Ha
  • All the Real Girls
  • Kissing on the Mouth
  • The Puffy Chair
  • Mutual Appreciation
  • The GoodTimesKid
  • The Hole Story
  • Quietly On By
  • Four Eyed Monsters
  • Dance Party, USA
  • LOL
  • Hamilton
  • Flannel Pajamas
  • In Between Days
  • The Utopian Society
  • Hannah Takes the Stairs
  • Quiet City
  • Hohokam
  • Orphans
  • Team Picture
  • In Search of a Midnight Kiss
  • Frownland
  • The Signal
  • Pop Skull
  • Home Sick
  • Trigger Man
  • Murder Party
  • Baghead
  • The Pleasure of Being Robbed
  • Nights and Weekends
  • Yeast
  • Momma's Man
  • Medicine for Melancholy
  • RSO [Registered Sex Offender]
  • Luke and Brie Are on a First Date
  • My Effortless Brilliance
  • Good Dick
  • Present Company
  • Goliath
  • Woodpecker
  • Acolytes
  • I Can See You
  • Alexander the Last
  • Humpday
  • Beeswax
  • Sorry, Thanks
  • Breaking Upwards
  • You Wont Miss Me
  • The Lionshare
  • True Adolescents
  • Creative Nonfiction
  • The Mountain, the River and the Road
  • Uptown
  • The House of the Devil
  • Wah Do Dem
  • Harmony and Me
  • Daddy Longlegs
  • The Exploding Girl
  • Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench
  • Gabi on the Roof in July
  • Tiny Furniture
  • Open Five
  • Cold Weather
  • Audrey the Trainwreck
  • Cyrus
  • Bass Ackwards
  • The Freebie
  • Holy Land
  • New Low
  • A Horrible Way to Die
  • Everyone Says I Look Just Like Her
  • Putty Hill
  • Uncle Kent
  • Art History
  • Autoerotic
  • Silver Bullets
  • Jeff, Who Lives at Home
  • Another Earth
  • Caitlin Plays Herself
  • The Lie
  • No Matter What
  • The Off Hours
  • Terri
  • The Zone
  • MDMA
  • Bebe Zeva
  • Mumblecore
  • Bellflower
  • Littlerock
  • The Color Wheel
  • Memory Lane
  • What Fun We Were Having: 4 Stories About Date Rape
  • The Innkeepers
  • Kill List
  • Martha Marcy May Marlene
  • The Comedy
  • Entrance
  • Your Sister's Sister
  • The Do-Deca-Pentathlon
  • Green