The Encyclopedia of American Independent Filmmaking

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Independent filmmaking is often regarded as a relatively recent phenomenon, yet the so-called movement has actually existed as long as movies themselves. In this indispensable single-volume reference work, LoBrutto surveys the subject from cinema's inception through the 21st century.

Written in an accessible style and including biographical, critical, factual, and bibliographical information, this remarkable source encompasses films and filmmakers operating independently from the studio system in concept, financing, production, and distribution. Such a broad interpretation of independent filmmaking separates it from that of commercial Hollywood, a conglomerate existing to create product rather than support personal artistic vision. Many of the entries' subjects have rarely been investigated and studied—yet knowledge of independent filmmaking is vital to any understanding the cinematic medium, making this an essential book for any library's film shelves.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
LoBrutto is best known for his interview collections with film production professionals (e.g., Principal Photography: Interviews with Feature Film Cinematographers), and his new guide to American independent filmmaking retains the quality of his previous work. The volume features mostly brief entries (although some are two pages long) on all aspects of U.S. films created, financed, produced, and distributed outside the corporate structure, from the profound to the remarkably bad. LoBrutto admits to a New York bias, but all aspects of both historic and contemporary independents are addressed, save for electronic cinema. The entries are well written and opinionated, often amusingly so, with a good deal of statistical information interspersed throughout; some include short secondary bibliographies. Numerous cross references and an excellent index complement the entries, and the volume concludes with a good secondary bibliography and appendixes on "100 Significant Independent Films," Sundance and Independent Spirit Award winners, and indie distributors. Black-and-white photos are scattered throughout. One bonus here is that LoBrutto illustrates the independent spirit of many major names in U.S. film, including Martin Scorsese, Walt Disney, and Mel Brooks. An essential guide for all film collections, along with Greg Merritt's Celluloid Mavericks and VideoHound's Independent Film Guide.-Anthony J. Adam, Prairie View A&M Univ. Lib., TX Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313301995
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/30/2002
  • Pages: 584
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

VINCENT LoBRUTTO is an editing, production design, and cinema studies instructor for the School of Visual Arts.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction xiii
The Encyclopedia 1
Appendix A 100 Significant Independent Films 467
Appendix B Winners of the Sundance Film Festival and Independent Spirit Awards 471
Appendix C Distributors of Independent Films 475
Bibliography 477
Index 485
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