“Independent Visions is an indispensable guide to the independent filmmakers who are changing how we look at movies. Donald Lyons writes with wit and passion.”—Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
Far from the big money movie machine of Hollywood lies the cutting-edge, artistically fresh world of American independent film. These independent filmmakers, working outside the formulas and constraints of the big studios, produce today’s most exciting and innovative movies. In Independent Visions, film critic Donald Lyons surveys the surprisingly vast array of these independents from across the country and dissects the fascinating careers of the men and women who made them, Including:
Joel Coen (Barton Fink) • Martha Coolidge (Rambling Rose) • David Cronenberg (Naked Lunch) • Abel Ferrara (Bad Lieutenant) • Carl Franklin (One False Move) • Leslie Harris (Just Another Girl on the I.R.T.) • Hal Hartley (Simple Men) • Jim Jarmusch (Mystery Train) • Spike Lee (Do the Right Thing) • David Lynch (Blue Velvet) • John McNaughton (Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer) • Robert Rodriguez (El Mariachi) • Nancy Savoca (True Love) • John Sayles (Passion Fish) • John Singleton (Boyz N the Hood) • Steven Soderbergh (Sex, Lies and Videotape) • Quentin Tarantino (Reservoir Dogs) • Gus Van Sant (My Own Private Idaho) • and many more!