Exciting and independent: UNKNOWN PLEASURES – American Independent Film Fest presented American films far removed from Hollywood for the 6th time. Consistent in form and content, varied and adventurous, the films make for intelligent and engaging cinema that defies both Hollywood and mainstream independent film. In the past 30 years, independent cinema has developed into a major influence in American culture. Independent cinema traditionally challenges the mainstream and dares to treat themes that are (still) taboo in Hollywood. American independent cinema is one of the most exciting cinematic traditions in the world and in many ways offers an alternative to Hollywood cinema.