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    Can Streaming’s Indy Renaissance Endure?

    It’s the “greatest period in filmmaking ever.” So says an executive at Amazon, whose streaming service is emulating Netflix’s seemingly limitless bankrolling of independent auteurs’ work for an exclusive, yet worldwide, online audience. For small-time producers, it’s a godsend: no more scrimping, saving or bussing tables while waiting for studios to bless their work. But how “indy” can they remain if their output is controlled by two multinationals? And, as director of Amazon’s Lost City of Z (released Friday) worries, living-room viewers risk losing the “womblike intimacy” of a darkened theater’s glowing screen.

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