Link below to a good interview with Jim Jarmusch.
When asked on his view of indie cinema in the U.S. he says "depends how you define independent cinema. It's become a kind of marketing tool, especially in America, so I don't really know what it means"
Exactly. It's hip for everybody to say they're making an independent film, because now the term has some cache, some hipness. But really, what is an independent film? My definition: making a film without a distribution deal, and independently financed. Period. Not some Disney subsidiary film production company calling themselves independent.
It's individuals making films. That's independent!
Here's the interview: