American Independent Cinema

3 See, for instance, a debate as part of the special issue of the Journal of Film
and Video, vol. 38, no 1. (1986), entitled 'Independent Film and Video'. 4 See for
instance, the approach taken by Greg Merritt (2000) who labels independent only
 ...

American Independent Cinema

Author: Geoff King

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 0415684285

Page: 253

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The American independent sector has attracted much attention in recent years, an upsurge of academic work on the subject being accompanied by wider public debate. But many questions remain about how exactly independence should be defined and how its relationship might be understood with other parts of the cinematic landscape, most notably the Hollywood studios. Edited and written by leading authors in the field, American Independent Cinema: indie, indiewood and beyond offers an examination of the field through four sections that range in focus from broad definitions to close focus on particular manifestations of independence. A wide variety of examples are included but within a framework that offers insights into how these are related to one another. More specifically this collection offers: an account of recent developments as well as reviewing, reassessing and revising a number of central positions, approaches and arguments relating to various parts of the independent and/or indie sector. Individual case studies that range from the distinctive qualities of the work of established 'quality' filmmakers such as Wes Anderson, Steven Soderbergh and Rebecca Miller to studies of horror genre production at the more 'disreputable' end of the independent spectrum. Examples of the limits of independence available in some cases within Hollywood, including studies of the work of Stanley Kubrick and Hal Ashby. Case studies of under-researched areas in the margins of American independent cinema, including the Disney nature films and Christian evangelical filmmaking. A number of wider overview chapters that examine contemporary American independent cinema from a number of perspectives. Together, the chapters in the collection offer a unique contribution to the study of independent film in the United States. Contributors: Warren Buckland, Philip Drake, Mark Gallagher, Geoff King, Peter Krämer, Novotny Lawrence, James MacDowell, Claire Molloy, Michael Z. Newman, Alisa Perren, James Russell, Thomas Schatz, Michele Schreiber, Janet Staiger, Yannis Tzioumakis, Sarah Wharton

American Independent Cinema

What is interesting about Sconce's analysis is that he refuses to couch
independence purely in terms of a cinema of the auteur, but rather delineates an
overall emergent style within American independent cinema. He notes: 'American
Smart ...

American Independent Cinema

Author: Anna Backman Rogers

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 0748693610

Page: 224

View: 446

Examining films by Gus Van Sant, Jim Jarmusch and Sofia Coppola to highlight their use of cinematic time as a mode of philosophical thought, this book brings new and exciting perspectives to American independent cinema.

American Independent Cinema

... John, 104 hyphenate filmmakers, 46,49–50, 51,95, 108, 121, 127, 15 in-house
independent companies/production, 39, 40, 48,229–30, 236 independent (film)
companies, 3,4,6,7, 12–13, 21, 24, 27, 31, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 46–8, 50–2, 59, 61,
 ...

American Independent Cinema

Author: Yannis Tzioumakis

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 1474416837

Page: 256

View: 980

Redrawing the conventional map of Victorian Poetics

Southeast Asian Independent Cinema

John A. Lent To discuss Southeast Asian Independent Cinema is to encounter
problems of definition, first, in trying to delineate the region itself, and second, in
setting the parameters of independent film. Southeast Asia is a diverse mixture of
 ...

Southeast Asian Independent Cinema

Author: Tilman Baumgärtel

Publisher: Hong Kong University Press

ISBN: 9888083600

Page: 296

View: 374

The rise of independent cinema in Southeast Asia, following the emergence of a new generation of filmmakers there, is among the most significant recent developments in global cinema. The advent of affordable and easy access to digital technology has empowered startling new voices from a part of the world rarely heard or seen in international film circles. The appearance of fresh, sharply alternative, and often very personal voices has had a tremendous impact on local film production. This book documents these developments as a genuine outcome of the democratization and liberalization of film production. Contributions from respected scholars, interviews with filmmakers, personal accounts and primary sources by important directors and screenwriters collectively provide readers with a lively account of dynamic film developments in Southeast Asia. Interviewees include Lav Diaz, Amir Muhammad, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Eric Khoo, Nia Dinata and others. Tilman Baumgärtel taught film and media studies in Germany, Austria and the Philippines before joining Royal University of Phnom Penh in 2009. He has curated international film series and art exhibitions, and has also published books on independent cinema, Internet art, computer games and the German director Harun Farocki. His blog can be found at http://southeastasiancinema.wordpress.com

Prancing Lavender Bunnies and Other Stuff from the Darkside of Independent Cinema

As corny as this may seem, I take seriously the responsibility of bringing
independent films to Corvallis. ... Because it's a trade: if I have to sell drugs (
alcohol) to keep independent cinema in Corvallis, you have to come see the
movies. If not ...

Prancing Lavender Bunnies and Other Stuff from the Darkside of Independent Cinema

Author: Paul Turner

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 1435704592

Page: 136

View: 285

Irreverent stories about running an alternative, locally owned, independent movie theater in a small Oregon town; appreciations of fiercely loyal patrons; and rants about the peculiar business of dealing with movie studios. Paul also writes about his earlier experiences running movie theaters, some of which are now gone forever, and his forays into the American West, as seen from the seat of his motorcycle. Movies and motorcycles, twin passions for Paul, provide a never-ending supply of inspiration for Paul's creativity.

American Independent

The pressing – and perplexing – question of what exactly constitutes an '
American independent film' is integral to any account of this unique form of
national cinema; even if such studies somehow manage to avoid addressing the
question ...

American Independent

Author: John Berra

Publisher: Intellect Books

ISBN: 1841503681

Page: 327

View: 639

With high-profile Academy Award nominations and an increasing number of big-name actors eager to sign on to promising projects, independent films have been at the forefront in recent years like never before. But the roots of such critical and commercial successes as The Hurt Locker and Precious can be traced to the first boom of independent cinema in the 1960s, when a raft of talented filmmakers emergedto capture the attention of a rapidly growing audience of young viewers. A thorough overview of a thriving area of cultural life, Directory of World Cinema: American Independent chronicles the rise of the independent sector as an outlet for directors who challenge the status quo, yet still produce accessible feature films that not only find wide audiences but enjoy considerable box office appeal—without sacrificing critical legitimacy. Key directors are interviewed and profiled, and a sizeable selection of films are referenced and reviewed. More than a dozen sub-genres—including African American cinema, queer cinema, documentary, familial dysfunction, and exploitation—are individually considered, with an emphasis on their ability to engage with tensions inherent in American society. Copious illustrations and a range of research resources round out the volume, making this a truly comprehensive guide. At a time when independent films are enjoying considerable cultural cachet, this easy-to-use yet authoritative guide will find an eager audience in media historians, film studies scholars, and movie buffs alike.

Sayles Talk

At the same time , when compared with ostensibly political films produced by
American independent cinema , Sayles's work does not have an obvious
connection to the modernist film traditions that are often associated with left -
leaning ...

Sayles Talk

Author: Cynthia Baron

Publisher: Wayne State University Press

ISBN: 9780814331552

Page: 285

View: 306

The first collection of original essays on the work of writer-director John Sayles, this book addresses the full range of his films from a variety of critical viewpoints.

Independent Film Producing

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IMDBPro – A database of industry professionals, agents info, company directory,
industry news, and more. www.imdbpro.com Independent Cinema Expo – A Las
Vegas ...

Independent Film Producing

Author: Suzanne Lyons

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 1136039058

Page: 256

View: 556

Indie Film Producing explains the simple, basic, clear cut role of the independent film producer. Raising funds to do your dream project, producing award-winning films with a low budget, putting name actors on your indie film-it's all doable, and this book guides you through the entire process of being a successful producer with bonus tips on how to effortlessly maneuver through the sphere of social media marketing and fundraising tactics. Indie film producer Suzanne Lyons pilots you through the actual making of low budget films to show you how easy and fun it can be. Laid out in a step-by-step, A to Z, matter-of-fact style that shows how the producer's role can be easy, how to treat the film as a business, and especially how to avoid the painful pitfalls faced by so many producers, this book gives you the essential tools you need to make your film a success from the ground up. . Begins with the earliest stages of concept development, continues through production & post, and ultimately concludes with distribution . Shows you how to create a buzz for your film through marketing and promotions . Interviews with global producers who produced films using social media, festivals, apps, and more, give you real-world insight that can be applied to your own films . Website points you to a fantastic collection of resources that you'll need to produce your own films (http://booksite.focalpress.com/indiefilmproducing)

The Insider s Guide to Independent Film Distribution

There was a fifteen-minute delay due to lack of sound, but the crackerjack staff at
Brewvies managed to empty the 175-person cinema and magically corrected the
audio nightmare. Once we corralled the raucous audience back in the theater, ...

The Insider s Guide to Independent Film Distribution

Author: Stacey Parks

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 1136066373

Page: 216

View: 126

Innovation in technology means that almost anyone can make an independent film these days. Although this may be good news for aspiring filmmakers, it also means that the oversupply of independent films on the market has caused acquisition prices to dramatically decrease. As a result, producers and investors rarely recover their initial investment in the films they make. But don't be discouraged! Use this book to learn the realities of the market in advance and map out a winning distribution plan. This comprehensive manual for filmmakers and producers dedicated to film distribution and the marketplace could mean the difference between getting your film out to the public and keeping it "in the can." Learn how to sell your movie to a studio, a cable network, a video distributor, or international buyers. Self-distribution and other alternatives to traditional distribution are also considered. As well, you'll hear some success stories from producers and hear directly from buyers what they are seeking. Stacey Parks has worked with dozens of hungry filmmakers to get their films a distribution deal and knows how frustrating the whole process can be. Let her tell you how you can take control of your filmmaking career and start getting your work seen by audiences with a few little-known distribution secrets. Features include: * Interviews and case studies with producers and distributors * Ten Ways to Market Your Film for Self-Distribution * Sales Projections per Territory * Distribution Resource Listings * Negotiation tips for distribution agreements * Sample distribution agreements

Declarations of Independence

Existing somewhere between a method of physical production and a form of
popular thinking, American independent cinema is a term that is open to
interpretation and discussion. Critics, cinephiles, industry-affiliates and even film-
makers ...

Declarations of Independence

Author: John Berra

Publisher: Intellect Books

ISBN: 1841501859

Page: 224

View: 376

"American Independent" cinema has been an important creative and cultural media entity for the past fifteen years. This title questions the supposed autonomy of this cinema and asks if independent film can possibly survive in the face of the mass-production and profit of Hollywood.

Cinema of Outsiders

The Rise of American Independent Film Emanuel Levy. Jay Rosenblatt, “the term
becomes ... But, for him, to do so at the expense of the history of independent
cinema degrades the entire indie practice. Postmodernism has collapsed the ...

Cinema of Outsiders

Author: Emanuel Levy

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 0814752896

Page: 601

View: 512

A Los Angeles Times Bestseller The most important development in American culture of the last two decades is the emergence of independent cinema as a viable alternative to Hollywood. Indeed, while Hollywood's studios devote much of their time and energy to churning out big-budget, star-studded event movies, a renegade independent cinema that challenges mainstream fare continues to flourish with strong critical support and loyal audiences. Cinema of Outsiders is the first and only comprehensive chronicle of contemporary independent movies from the late 1970s up to the present. From the hip, audacious early works of maverick David Lynch, Jim Jarmusch, and Spike Lee, to the contemporary Oscar-winning success of indie dynamos, such as the Coen brothers (Fargo), Quentin Tarentino (Pulp Fiction), and Billy Bob Thornton (Sling Blade), Levy describes in a lucid and accessible manner the innovation and diversity of American indies in theme, sensibility, and style. Documenting the socio-economic, political and artistic forces that led to the rise of American independent film, Cinema of Outsiders depicts the pivotal role of indie guru Robert Redford and his Sundance Film Festival in creating a showcase for indies, the function of film schools in supplying talent, and the continuous tension between indies and Hollywood as two distinct industries with their own structure, finance, talent and audience. Levy describes the major cycles in the indie film movement: regional cinema, the New York school of film, African-American, Asian American, gay and lesbian, and movies made by women. Based on exhaustive research of over 1,000 movies made between 1977 and 1999, Levy evaluates some 200 quintessential indies, including Choose Me, Stranger Than Paradise, Blood Simple, Blue Velvet, Desperately Seeking Susan, Slacker, Poison, Reservoir Dogs, Gas Food Lodging, Menace II Society, Clerks, In the Company of Men, Chasing Amy, The Apostle, The Opposite of Sex, and Happiness. Cinema of Outsiders reveals the artistic and political impact of bold and provocative independent movies in displaying the cinema of "outsiders"-the cinema of the "other America."

Contemporary American Independent Film

... 1984) 116 11.1 Chief of Police Sid Hatfield (David Strathairn) confronts coal
company agents in Matewan (Sayles, 1987; Red Dog Films, Inc.) 127 11.2
Donna De Angelo (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio), Noelle De Angelo (Vanessa
Martinez), ...

Contemporary American Independent Film

Author: Christine Holmlund

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134576218

Page: 320

View: 807

From Easy Rider to The Blair Witch Project, this book is a comprehensive examination of the independent film scene. Exploring the uneasy relationship between independent films and the major studios, the contributors trace the changing ideas and definitions of independent cinema, and the diversity of independent film practices. They consider the ways in which indie films are marketed and distributed, and how new technologies such as video, cable and the internet, offered new opportunities for filmmakers to produce and market independent films. Turning to the work of key auteurs such as John Sayles and Haile Gerima, contributors ask whether independent filmmakers can also be stars, and consider how indie features like Boys Don't Cry and Shopping for Fangs address issues of gender, sexuality and ethnicity normally avoided by Hollywood. For all students of film studies and American studies, this cultural journey through independent film history will be an absolute must read.

Independent Cinema

By contrasting studio-era Hollywood with changes in the business since the 1970s and chronicling the rise of companies such as Miramax and New Line, this book shows the birth of a commercial environment in which the new independent cinema ...

Independent Cinema

Author: D.K. Holm

Publisher: Oldacastle Books

ISBN: 1842433865

Page: 192

View: 289

Just what is "independent" cinema? D. K. Holm, columnist for Kevin Smith's website and author of Robert Crumb and Quentin Tarantino, aims to define a term that can be difficult to distinguish from categories such as avant-garde, underground, experimental, or art films. By contrasting studio-era Hollywood with changes in the business since the 1970s and chronicling the rise of companies such as Miramax and New Line, this book shows the birth of a commercial environment in which the new independent cinema could emerge. Detailed assessments and previously unpublished interviews with filmmakers, such as James Mangold (Walk the Line), Jill Sprecher (Clockwatchers), and Guy Maddin (The Saddest Music in the World) show the vastly different roles independent cinema can play in different hands. An accompanying DVD features Paul Cronin's documentary Film as a Subversive Art: Amos Vogel and Cinema 16, about the founder of the New York Film Festival and one of the country's most important film societies.

Black American Cinema

8 Reading the Signs, Empowering the Eye: Daughters of the Dust and the Black
Independent Cinema Movement Toni Cade Bambara Cultural Work Ain't All Arts
and Leisure In 1971, Melvin Van Peebles dropped a bomb. Sweet Sweetback's ...

Black American Cinema

Author: Manthia Diawara

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415903974

Page: 324

View: 576

From the pioneering work of Oscar Micheaux and Wallace Thurman to the Hollywood success of Spike Lee, Black American filmmakers have played a remarkable role in the development of the American film, both independent and mainstream. In this volume, the work of early Black filmmakers is given serious attention for the first time. Essays consider what a Black film tradition might be, the relation between Black American filmmakers and filmmakers from the diaspora, the nature of Black film aesthetics, the artist's place within the community, and the representation of a Black imaginary. The collection also discusses Black sexuality on screen, and the role of Black women in independent cinema and as spectators; also, those Black directors who worked for Hollywood and whose films are simplistically dismissed as sell-outs, versus those "crossover" filmmakers whose achievements entail a surreptitious infiltration of the studios.--From publisher description.

Contemporary US Cinema

Independent American Cinema In 1985, some 50 independently produced films
were released in America. In 1998, that figure was in excess of 1,000. This
chapter will explore the reasons behind this exponential growth and investigate
the ...

Contemporary US Cinema

Author: Michael Allen

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317874196

Page: 274

View: 835

Contemporary U.S. Cinema is a forceful exploration of the tumultuous changes that have dominated the shifting landscape of American film-making over the past three decades. From the explosive release of Easy Rider to the excesses of Heaven's Gate and the comic book figures of Spider-Man, its aim is to examine the economic, social and cultural contexts of mainstream and independent American films. The book divides into nine provocative chapters with material on: the most significant individual film-makers, such as Scorsese, Coppola and Lucas, as well as independent film-makers like Jarmusch and Anders the careers of leading actors of the last thirty years, such as Jack Nicholson, Robert Redford and Julia Roberts, whilst exploring the powerful position of the film star in the modern American film-making process the economics of Contemporary U.S. Cinema with particular reference to the tortuous journey from production, distribution and exhibition of Waterworld and Titanic the artistic influence of foreign film-makers, such as François Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard, and explores Hollywood's increasing dominance and reliance on the global market genres, sequels and the recent developments in computer-based technologies, using examples from The Godfather I - III, The Matrix, the Star Wars saga and remakes from Shaft to Ocean's Eleven The book is illustrated with stills throughout and includes a bibliography and annotated further reading list.

Children of Marx and Coca Cola

Reading Chinese Avant-garde Art and Independent Cinema in Context This book
is a study of Chinese art and cinema in the context of postsocial- ist China and
capitalist globalization. In this book, I draw on my experiences in Beijing and New
 ...

Children of Marx and Coca Cola

Author: Xiaoping Lin

Publisher: University of Hawaii Press

ISBN: 0824833368

Page: 312

View: 428

Throughout, he sustains a theoretical discussion of representative artworks and films and succeeds in delineating a variegated postsocialist cultural landscape saturated by market forces, confused values, and lost faith. This refreshing approach is due to Lin's ability to tackle both Chinese art and cinema rigorously within a shared discursive space. He, for example, aptly conceptualizes a central thematic concern in both genres as "postsocialist trauma" aggravated by capitalist globalization. By thus focusing exclusively on the two parallel and often intersecting movements or phenomena in the visual arts, his work brings about a fruitful dialog between the narrow field of traditional art history and visual studies more generally. Children of Marx and Coca-Cola will be a major contribution to China studies, art history, film studies, and cultural studies.-

Star Texts

FILM ACTING AND INDEPENDENT CINEMA Andrew Higson Thus far this
anthology has concerned itself with authors who stress either ( 1 ) the creation of
performance and the intentions of the actor ( whether Stanislavskian or Brechtian
) , or ...

Star Texts

Author: Jeremy G. Butler

Publisher: Wayne State University Press

ISBN: 9780814323120

Page: 382

View: 932

A collection of previously published works on performance and stardom, examining the relationship between genre and performance, the position of the star within ideology, the construction of a semiotics of performance and stardom, the function of the actor within experimental or independent cinema, and the distinction between performance and everyday behavior. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

American Smart Cinema

Where the upshot of Schamus' purist argument tends to be a critical search for '
true' independence based upon economic and/or thematic criteria, other
positions frame commercial/independent cinema in terms of the dialogue that
these films ...

American Smart Cinema

Author: Claire Perkins

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 0748654259

Page: 192

View: 983

American Smart Cinema examines a contemporary type of US filmmaking that exists at the intersection of mainstream, art and independent cinema and often gives rise to absurd, darkly comic and nihilistic effects.

Far from Heaven

In recent years American independent cinema has not only become the focus of
significant scholarly attention but as a category of film it has shifted from a
marginal to a central position within American cinema – a shift that can be also
detected ...

Far from Heaven

Author: Glyn Davis

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 0748688706

Page: 168

View: 846

This book is a study of Far from Heaven, a commercially successful film that nevertheless sits rather ambiguously on the boundary between independent and mainstream cinema, operating as an alternative to 'blockbuster' fare.

Spanish Prisoner

In recent years American independent cinema has not only become the focus of
significant scholarly attention but as a category of film it has shifted from a
marginal to a central position within American cinema – a shift that can be also
detected ...

Spanish Prisoner

Author: Yannis Tzioumakis

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 0748633707

Page: 168

View: 404

Despite more than a passing nod to such crowdpleasing classics as Hitchcock's North by Northwest, playwright-turned-independent filmmaker David Mamet's The Spanish Prisoner is a particularly idiosyncratic film that betrays its origin outside the Hollywood mainstream. Featuring a convoluted narrative, an excessive, often anti-classical, visual style, and belonging to the generic category of the'con game film' which often challenges the spectator's cognitive skills, The Spanish Prisoner is a film that bridges genre filmmaking withpersonal visual style, independent film production with niche distribution,and mainstream subject matter with unconventional filmic techniques.This book discusses The Spanish Prisoner as an example of contemporary American independent cinema while also using the film as a vehicle to explore several key ideas in film studies, especially in terms of aesthetics, narrative, style, spectatorship, genre and industry.