Indie Reframed: Women's Filmmaking and Contemporary American Independent Cinema

Indie Reframed: Women's Filmmaking and Contemporary American Independent Cinema

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Overview

With the consolidation of 'indie' culture in the 21st century, female filmmakers face an increasingly indifferent climate. Within this sector, women work across all aspects of writing, direction, production, editing and design, yet the dominant narrative continues to construe 'maverick' white male auteurs such as Quentin Tarantino or Wes Anderson as the face of indie discourse. Defying the formulaic myths of the mainstream 'chick flick' and the ideological and experimental radicalism of feminist counter-cinema alike, women's indie filmmaking is neither ironic, popular nor political enough to be readily absorbed into pre-existing categories. This ground-breaking collection, the first sustained examination of the work of female practitioners within American independent cinema, reclaims the 'difference' of female indie filmmaking. Through a variety of case studies of directors, writers and producers such as Ava DuVernay, Lena Dunham and Christine Vachon, contributors explore the innovation of a range of female practitioners by attending to the sensibilities, ideologies and industrial practices that distinguish their work — while embracing the 'in-between' space in which the narratives they represent and embody can be revealed.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781474403948
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publication date: 10/18/2016
Series: Traditions in American Cinema
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 16.70(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Linda Badley is Professor of English and Film Studies at Middle Tennessee State University.

Claire Perkins is Senior Lecturer in Film and Screen Studies at Monash University, Melbourne.

Michele Schreiber is Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies at Emory University.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Notes on Contributors
Introduction, Linda Badley, Claire Perkins and Michele Schreiber

Part 1: Production and Distribution Contexts
1: Women Make Movies: Gamechanger Films, Chicken and Egg Pictures and the Future of Female Independent Filmmaking, Sarah Sinwell
2: Killer Feminism, Patricia White
3: 'A Woman with an Endgame': Megan Ellison, Annapurna Pictures, and American Independent Film Production, James Lyons
4: That's My Story and I'm Sticking to It: Pioneering Practices in the Frontier of Micro-budget Filmmaking, Christina Lane
5: 'I'm Absolutely the Right Person for this Job': Allison Anders and Mary Harron on Lifetime Television, Michele Schreiber

Part II: Genres and Modalities
1: Gender, Genre and More General Indie Dimensions in Megan Griffiths' The Off Hours and Eden, Geoff King
2: Down to the Bone: Neo-neorealism and Genre in Contemporary Women's Indies, Linda Badley
3: My Effortless Brilliance: Women's Mumblecore, Claire Perkins
4: Black Women, Romance, and the Indiewood Rom Coms of Saana Hamri, Shelley Cobb

Part III: Identities
1: From Documentary to Fictional Realism: Mira Nair's Documentary Roots, Fictional Home, and Production Politics, Sarah Projansky and Kent Ono
2: Having Its Cake and Eating It Too: Contemporary American 'Indie' cinema and My Big Fat Greek Wedding Reframed, Yannis Tzioumakis and Lydia Papadimitriou
3: Not Just Indie: A Look at Films by Dee Rees, Ava DuVernay and Kasi Lemmons, Cynthia Baron
4: Sexual In-betweener/Industry In-betweener: The Career and Films of Lisa Cholodenko, Maria San Filippo
5: Miranda July and the New 21st Century Indie, Kathleen McHugh

Part IV: Collaborations
1: Mutual Muses in American Independent Film: Nicole Holofcener and Catherine Keener, Kelly Reichardt and Michelle Williams, Chris Holmlund
2: The Feminist Politics of Collaboration in Lena Dunham's Tiny Furniture, Corinn Columpar
3: The Director as Facilitator: Collaboration, Cooperation, and the Gender Politics of the Set, John Alberti
4: Beyond the Screen: On Contemporary Feminist Media Re-Articulations, Claudia Costa Pederson and Patricia R. Zimmermann

What People are Saying About This

'A groundbreaking collection, with an all-star feminist cast of editors and contributors, Indie Reframed taps the many benefits of examining women’s agency in the production and distribution practices of independent cinema. Theoretically savvy and up-to-date, the volume satisfyingly redresses the gender imbalance of earlier indie film scholarship.'

Dr Catherine Grant

'A groundbreaking collection, with an all-star feminist cast of editors and contributors, Indie Reframed taps the many benefits of examining women’s agency in the production and distribution practices of independent cinema. Theoretically savvy and up-to-date, the volume satisfyingly redresses the gender imbalance of earlier indie film scholarship.'

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