American Independent Business Alliance


risingfromruins_coverIndependent America: Rising from Ruins (2009) Explores the risks and rewards of small business ownership in New Orleans and their role in the post-Katrina recovery. This film now is available to stream online for free or for purchase at




indie_am_coverIndependent America: The Two-lane Search for Mom & Pop Tag along with two filmmakers as they take a road trip around the United States to discover how independent businesses are faring in the face of chains and the internet — and the impacts on their communities. This film is the precursor to Rising from Ruins — they make a powerful double-feature. Available to stream online (free) or purchase DVD at



talkingtowall_coverTalking to the Wall (2004) Citizens in a small New England town rally successfully to defend their community against the world’s largest corporation–Wal-Mart.


ourtown_filmOurTown (2007) Examining both sides of the issue, the film follows a citizen organizing campaign to preserve a way of life in Damariscotta, Maine. Artfully conveys the emotion and passion of the townspeople.




twilightbecomesnight_coverTwilight Becomes Night (2008) This stark, evocative film examines the impact of local independent businesses — and their loss — on the people and neighborhoods of New York City.





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