Being the queen of independent cinema is a mixed blessing for Lili Taylor. On one hand, the Chicago-born New York resident gets some juicy roles, including the lead in director Nick Gomez's "Ill Town" and as Valerie Solanas in "I Shot Andy Warhol." But her indie credits seem to work against her since Taylor, 30, hasn't had shots at the mainstream. A recent guesting on "Mad About You" can't hurt.
STATE OF INDEPENDENTS: "They're not really independents anymore. Budgets are higher. The revolving doors in theaters move faster so they're not as apt to keep small films and let them get word of mouth. The director has to get a name actor and follow the dictates of the money people, and it's not that independent."
CRUEL IRONY: "Actresses who did bigger movies than I have are getting the 'independents.' To get independents, you have to do bigger stuff. That wasn't the case two or three years ago."
THE SOLUTION: "I'm thinking of directing my own stuff. I'm not seeing a lot of material that's interesting, so by default, I'm turning to my own resources. If I do something too out there, will I get financing? You can follow your heart and take a risk, but if it just sits on a shelf, is it worth anything?"