During the last two years, independent film fans have been treated to a slew of films that tackled historical themes. Almost everybody knows of the big-budget releases like American Sniper, Fury, The Monuments Men, and The Imitation Game.
These are all great movies but if you are a history buff, we highly recommend that you dig deeper into indie film scene to find hidden gems about history, like the popular independent films that we will discuss below. These are five compelling independent films that tell interesting stories set in historic events.
The Keeping Room
This unique and enthralling film unfolds before your eyes with the American Civil War as the backdrop. It tells the gritty story of three southern women caught in the middle of the war. Two sisters and an African-American slave have to defend themselves and their home from two Union Army soldiers who seem to be intent on causing them harm.
The movie stars Hailee Steinfeld, Brit Marling, Muna Otaru, and Sam Worthington. The Keeping Room was the product of a collaboration between Anonymous Content, Wind Dancer Productions, and Gilbert Films.
One of the greatest chess players in history is Bobby Fischer. In this entertaining biographical film directed by Edward Zwick, Fischer’s highly-publicized games with Russian grandmasters is brought to the big screen.
You don’t have to be a chess enthusiast to enjoy Pawn Sacrifice. One of the most interesting aspects of Fisher’s life is that he challenged Soviet players during the Cold War, a time when relations between the United States and the Soviet Union was at its lowest. This indie film was produced by Gail Katz Productions and distributed by Bleecker Street.
Beyond Glory is unique independent film starring Stephen Lang tells the story of eight soldiers who were all recipients of the Medal of Honor. These soldiers fought in diverse wars from World War II to the Korean War to the more recent Vietnam War.
Beyond Glory the movie was adapted from a critically-acclaimed play which also featured Lang in the titular role. Produced by one of the leading small independent film production companies, 8180 Films, and directed by Larry Brand, this is a war movie that will give you new insights about war and the heroic soldiers that fight in them.
’71 is one of the most acclaimed independent films about war that was released in 2014. It won Best Director at the British Independent Film Awards in 2014. It was also named by the National Board of Review as among the top ten independent films of 2015.
Set in 1971 which was the height of the conflict in Northern Ireland, ’71 tells the tale of a British soldier who got separated from his unit during a violent riot in Belfast. This led to a series of events that cause the soldier to question everything he knows about the war. The movie was produced by Crab Apple Films in collaboration with five other independent companies.
Field of Lost Shoes
The Field of Lost Shoes is a movie that chronicles the events leading up to the Battle of New Market in Virginia during the American Civil War. In said battle, a Confederate army was able to force a much-larger Union army out of the Shenandoah Valley. The Field of Lost Shoes was directed by Sean McNamara and produced by Brookwell McNamara Entertainment.
If you are a history buff, these are independent films that you should definitely watch.