as John in "Elephant", then 17.
(he's seen as a "lead" but other kids in the same film are worth mentioning, like Alex or Eric) not outstanding and there's not that much "acting" in this film but anyway
Young actors that delivered a good performance in an independent film during this past decade. I'll be adding more.
(Have to remember them, check if they're independent, upload photos...)
I tried to stay away from big names (there aren't many anyway!) The ones here that are/became/are becoming more well known are: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Evan Rachel Wood, Abigail Breslin & Paul Dano, and Michael Pitt (is he well known? I'm biased!). And Gael García Bernal, obviously, whom I almost forgot to put up because of that (the obviousness! isn't he big?!).
You can check out my Independent Films list: all the movies mentioned here are listed there and with "proof" of independence.