American Independent Cinema: Second Edition

American Independent Cinema: Second Edition

by Yannis Tzioumakis


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This introduction to American Independent Cinema offers both a comprehensive industrial and economic history of the sector from the early twentieth century to the present and a study of key individual films, filmmakers and film companies.

Ordered chronologically, beginning with independent filmmaking in the studio era (examining both top-rank and low-end independent film production), moving to the 1950s and 1960s (discussing both the adoption of independent filmmaking as the main method of production as well as exploitation filmmaking) and finishing with contemporary American independent cinema (exploring areas such as the New Hollywood, the rise of mini-major and major independent companies and the institutionalisation of independent cinema in the 1990s), readers will develop an understanding of the complex dynamic relations between independent and mainstream American cinema.

Thoroughly updated to include developments from the mid-2000s onwards, this second edition includes new case studies, a new chapter on American Independent Cinema in the Age of Media Convergence, a new prologue and an enhanced epilogue and bibliography. Each chapter includes case studies focusing on specific films or filmmakers, and independent production and distribution companies are discussed throughout the text.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781474416849
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publication date: 09/14/2017
Edition description: 130,000
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 595,580
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Yannis Tzioumakis is Lecturer in Media and Communication Studies at the University of Liverpool. His research specialises in American independent cinema and the business of media entertainment. His books include American Independent Cinema: An Introduction (EUP, 2006), The Spanish Prisoner (EUP, 2009), and Greek Cinema: Texts, Histories Identities (Intellect, 2011).

Table of Contents

List of Tables
List of Case Studies
List of Figures
Prologue to the 2nd Edition
Introduction: Problems of Definition and the Discourse of American Independent Cinema

Part I: American Independent Cinema in the Studio Years (mid-1920s-1940s)
1: Independent Filmmaking in the Studio Era: Tendencies within the Studio System
2: Independent Filmmaking in the Studio Era: The Poverty Row Studios (1930-50s)

Part II: American Independent Cinema in the post-Studio Era (late 1940s-1960s)
3: Independence by Force: The Effects of the Paramount Decree on Independent Film Production
4: An Audience for the Independents: Exploitation Films for the Nation's Youth

Part III: American Independent Cinema and the 'New Hollywood' (late 1960s-late 1970s)
5: The New Hollywood and the Independent Hollywood
6: American Independent Cinema in the Age of the Conglomerates

Part IV: Contemporary American Independent Cinema (early 1980s-present)
7: Mini-majors and Major Independents
8: The Institutionalisation of American Independent Cinema
9: American Independent Cinema in the Age of Media Convergence

Epilogue to the 2nd Edition: From Independent Cinema to Specialty Content

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From the Publisher

This new edition of Yannis Tzioumakis’s invaluable introduction to American independent film charts its trajectory into the New Millennium and the realm of Indiewood, specialty films, and digital cinema. There is simply nothing like this book in terms of its scope, its depth, and its nuanced history of independent filmmaking.

Thomas G. Schatz, University of Austin, Texas

The second edition of American Independent Cinema rocks! Covering influential films, surveying cultural shifts, and charting industrial changes from the mid-1920s and the studio era to today's digital age of media convergence, AIC is an authoritative, readable, and eminently teachable study of what is now a vast and complicated field.

Chris Holmlund, Arts and Sciences Excellence Professor, University of Tennessee-Knoxville

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