In contemporary cinema one rarely has to deal with groups. Sometimes they are “formed” or “defined” by film critics, who identify similarities in the work of various artists. The case of the “new realists” discussed in this article is different. It is undoubtedly a group. Moreover it works under an already recognized label: mumblecore. The name was invented by Eric Masunaga – a sound engineer, working together with Andrew Bujalski – one of the most important representatives of the movement. The article analyses the work of the youngest generation of independent American filmmakers by referring to the work of their guru – John Cassavetes. It also shows the unique and original nature of the group’s achievements.