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About the Book You see them on the video shelves, with titles such as Shadow Tracker, Psycho Girls, and The Blair Witch Project. Skeptically, perhaps, you rent one and slip it ... into the VCR. Hey, you think, this isn’t so bad--sometimes actually quite good. Suddenly, you discover that there is a whole range of movies from filmmakers operating outside the studio system that have their own attractions that the big budget fare can’t match. You have, of course, discovered the world of independent filmmaking. A fascinating group of independent film directors and producers, in interviews with the author, discuss their work and the state of the independent film industry at the end of the 20th century. Joe Bagnardi, Dennis Devine, Andrew Harrison, Jeff Leroy, Andrew Parkinson, Brett Piper, and 23 others cover such topics as the increased interest in independent films and how they are changing thanks to high-tech advances. These filmmakers vary widely in age, experience, formats and budgets--and choice of subject matter--but they all have a great passion for their work. Read more Show Less

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You see them on the video shelves, with titles such as Shadow Tracker, Psycho Girls, and The Blair Witch Project. Skeptically, perhaps, you rent one and slip it into the VCR. Hey, you think, this isn't so bad—sometimes actually quite good. Suddenly, you discover that there is a whole range of movies from filmmakers operating outside the studio system that have their own attractions that the big budget fare can't match. You have, of course, discovered the world of independent filmmaking.

A fascinating group of independent film directors and producers, in interviews with the author, discuss their work and the state of the independent film industry at the end of the 20th century. Joe Bagnardi, Dennis Devine, Andrew Harrison, Jeff Leroy, Andrew Parkinson, Brett Piper, and 23 others cover such topics as the increased interest in independent films and how they are changing thanks to high-tech advances. These filmmakers vary widely in age, experience, formats and budgets—and choice of subject matter—but they all have a great passion for their work.

Author Biography: Kevin J. Lindenmuth is an independent writer, producer and director. He is also the author of Making Movies on Your Own (1998, $35). He resides in Derry, New Hampshire.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780786410750
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/31/2002
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

Kevin J. Lindenmuth has worked in the film/television business for about 30 years, in New York and Detroit. He has written and produced a dozen features, with worldwide distribution, and seven documentaries, most of them for PBS. He is the author of three previous books on independent filmmaking.

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Table of Contents

Foreword 1
Preface 5
Part I One Filmmaker's Experience
Brimstone Productions 9
Part II The Directors and Producers
Introduction 23
Joe Bagnardi 24
Pat Bishow 31
Michael Bockner 36
Mark Borchardt 48
John Bowker 59
Mark Burchett and Michael D. Fox 64
Elisar Cabrera 68
Dennis Devine 72
Tommy Faircloth 84
Bruce G. Hallenbeck 90
Andrew Harrison 98
Marcus Koch 102
Jeff Leroy 108
Santo Marotta 113
Alexandre Michaud 118
Ted V. Mikels 124
Brian O'Hara 131
Andrew Parkinson 139
Brett Piper 147
Mark Pirro 151
Mike Prosser 156
Joe Sherlock 165
Ronnie Sortor 171
Mark Sparks 175
Dave Sterling 179
Mike Strain, Jr. 186
Paul Talbot 191
Part III Additional Commentaries
Walking Between the Raindrops 199
Theatrical Exhibition for Video Movies 217
Public-Access Television 225
Appendix 227
Index 229
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