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Contemporary American Independent Film : From the Margins to the Mainstream - Christine Holmund

Contemporary American Independent Film

From the Margins to the Mainstream

By: Christine Holmund (Editor), Justin Wyatt (Editor)

Paperback Published: 30th September 2004
ISBN: 9780415254878
Number Of Pages: 320

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Since the explosion in low-budget filmmaking in the 1960s, the "independent" film scene has produced some of the most innovative and successful films of recent years, such as "Easy Rider" and "The Blair Witch Project." But how independent is independent cinema today? And what are the artistic and economic concerns that separate it from Hollywood?
"Contemporary American Independent Film" is a comprehensive examination of the independent film scene. Exploring the uneasy relationship between independent films and the major studios, 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 have 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.

Introduction: From the Margins to the Mainstream
Critical Formations
Introduction to 'Critical Formations'
The Independent Feature Movement
Independence for Independents
Dimension Pictures: Portrait of a 1970s Independent
End of the Indies
Alternative Cinemas
Cult Film/Cool Film
'Queen of the Indies': Parker Posey's Niche Stardom and the Taste Cultures of Independent Film
Dark, Disturbing, Intelligent, Provocative, and Quirky: Avant-garde Cinema of the 1980s and 1990s
Communitarianism, Film Entrepreneurism and the Crusade of Troma Entertainment
Iconoclasts & Auteurs
John Sayles, Independent Filmmaker: Bet on Yourself
Haile Gerima: Sacred Shield of Culture
Seminal Fantasies: Wakefield Poole, Pornography, Independent Cinema and the Avant-Garde
Identity Hooks - Cultural Binds
Generation Q's ABCs: Queer Kids and 1990s Independent Films
Just Another Girl Outside the Neo-Indie
Guests at The Wedding Banquet: The Cinema of the Chinese Diaspora and the Rise of the American Independents
Shifting Markets, Changing Media
Revisiting 1970s Independent Distribution and Marketing Strategies
Digital Deployment(s)
The IFC and Sundance: Channeling Independence
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ISBN: 9780415254878
ISBN-10: 0415254876
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 30th September 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.27 x 15.85  x 1.55
Weight (kg): 0.54
Edition Number: 1