Contemporary American Independent Film: From the Margins to the Mainstream

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415254861
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/1/2004
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.42 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

Chris Holmlund is Professor of Cinema Studies, Women's Studies and French at the University of Tennessee. She is the author of Impossible Bodies (Routledge, 2003) and co-editor of Between the Sheets, In the Streets: Queer, Lesbian, Gay Documentary (Minnesota University Press, 1997). She is working on a book on action films.
Justin Wyatt is Executive Director, Research at the ABC Television Network. He holds a Ph.D. in Critical Studies from UCLA, and is the author of High Concept: Movies and Marketing in Hollywood (University of Texas Press, 1994) and

(Flicks Books, 1998).

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction : from the margins to the mainstream 1
2 Introduction to 'critical formations' 23
3 Ordinary people, European-style : or how to spot an independent feature 27
4 Independence for independents 35
5 Dimension pictures : portrait of a 1970s' independent 41
6 End of the indies : death of the Sayles men 53
7 Alternative cinemas 59
8 'Queen of the indies' : Parker Posey's niche stardom and the taste cultures of independent film 71
9 Dark, disturbing, intelligent, provocative, and quirky : avant-garde cinema of the 1980s and 1990s 89
10 Communitarianism, film entrepreneurism, and the crusade of Troma Entertainment 107
11 John Sayles, independent filmmaker : 'Bet on yourself' 125
12 Haile Gerima : 'sacred shield of culture' 141
13 Seminal fantasies : Wakefield Poole, pornography, independent cinema and the avant-garde 155
14 Generation Q's ABCs : queer kids and 1990s' independent films 177
15 Just another girl outside the nco-indie 193
16 Guests at The Wedding Banquet : the cinema of the Chinese diaspora and the rise of the American independents 211
17 Revisiting 1970s' independent distribution and marketing strategies 229
18 Digital deployment(s) 245
19 The IFC and sundance : channeling independence 265
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