Independent films are an essential counterpoint to the big studio system within cinema. Unbound by the need to focus on topical themes, indie cinema has offered up beautiful movies that sit outside the mainstream creative trends. At the same time, they also bring attention to talented up-and-coming filmmakers and actors looking to break out with roles outside of the mainstream Hollywood studio system. Indie films today have come to denote a genre of their own and now have somewhat become a marketing tool rather than the original definition of films made outside of the studio system.