American Independent Cinema

American Independent Cinema

Edited and written by leading authors in the field, this book offers an examination of American independent cinema through four sections that range in focus from broad definitions to close focus on particular manifestations of independence.

Author: Geoff King

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780415684286

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 253

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The American independent sector has attracted much attention in recent years, an upsurge of academic work on the subject being accompanied by wider public debate. But many questions remain about how exactly independence should be defined and how its relationship might be understood with other parts of the cinematic landscape, most notably the Hollywood studios. Edited and written by leading authors in the field, American Independent Cinema: indie, indiewood and beyond offers an examination of the field through four sections that range in focus from broad definitions to close focus on particular manifestations of independence. A wide variety of examples are included but within a framework that offers insights into how these are related to one another. More specifically this collection offers: an account of recent developments as well as reviewing, reassessing and revising a number of central positions, approaches and arguments relating to various parts of the independent and/or indie sector. Individual case studies that range from the distinctive qualities of the work of established 'quality' filmmakers such as Wes Anderson, Steven Soderbergh and Rebecca Miller to studies of horror genre production at the more 'disreputable' end of the independent spectrum. Examples of the limits of independence available in some cases within Hollywood, including studies of the work of Stanley Kubrick and Hal Ashby. Case studies of under-researched areas in the margins of American independent cinema, including the Disney nature films and Christian evangelical filmmaking. A number of wider overview chapters that examine contemporary American independent cinema from a number of perspectives. Together, the chapters in the collection offer a unique contribution to the study of independent film in the United States. Contributors: Warren Buckland, Philip Drake, Mark Gallagher, Geoff King, Peter Krämer, Novotny Lawrence, James MacDowell, Claire Molloy, Michael Z. Newman, Alisa Perren, James Russell, Thomas Schatz, Michele Schreiber, Janet Staiger, Yannis Tzioumakis, Sarah Wharton
Categories: Performing Arts

Independent Cinema

Independent Cinema

INDEPENDENT. CINEMA. AS. ALTERNATIVE. TO. COMMERCIAL.
STORYTELLING: JILL. AND. KAREN. SPRECHER. If you wanted to come up with
a style guide to a modern independent film, the first port of call would be the films
of Jill and ...

Author: D.K. Holm

Publisher: Oldcastle Books

ISBN: 9781842433867

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 158

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Just what is 'independent' cinema? D. K. Holm aims to define a term all too carelessly used both by media commentators and marketers, and distinguish it from categories such as avant-garde, underground, experimental or 'art' films, with which it is often confused. By contrasting studio-era Hollywood with changes in the business since the 1970s, and the rise of companies such as Miramax and New Line, it shows the birth of a commercial environment in which the new independent cinema can emerge. Profiles of specific filmmakers suggest how diverse personalities use independent cinema for individual ends; directors such as James Mangold, who found indie cinema to be a stepping stone to more mainstream movies, Jill Sprecher, who uses its flexibility to explore philosophical ideas, and Guy Maddin, one of the few true independent filmmakers, whose films are beholden to his own unique vision rather than financiers or abstract audience markets.
Categories: Performing Arts

American Independent Cinema

American Independent Cinema

... John, 104 hyphenate filmmakers, 46,49–50, 51,95, 108, 121, 127, 15 in-house
independent companies/production, 39, 40, 48,229–30, 236 independent (film)
companies, 3,4,6,7, 12–13, 21, 24, 27, 31, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 46–8, 50–2, 59, 61,
 ...

Author: Yannis Tzioumakis

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 9781474416832

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 256

View: 390

Redrawing the conventional map of Victorian Poetics
Categories: Performing Arts

American Independent Cinema

American Independent Cinema

As a cinema which often explores the rite of passage by explicitly drawing on American cinematic heritage, from the teen movie to the western, American independent films deal in images of crisis, transition and metamorphosis, offering a ...

Author: Anna Backman Rogers

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 9781474403405

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 224

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Anna Backman Rogers argues that American independent cinema is a cinema not merely in crisis, but also of crisis. As a cinema which often explores the rite of passage by explicitly drawing on American cinematic heritage, from the teen movie to the western, American independent films deal in images of crisis, transition and metamorphosis, offering a subversive engagement with more traditional modes of representation.a Examining films by Gus Van Sant, Jim Jarmusch and Sofia Coppola to highlight their use of cinematic time as a mode of philosophical thought, this book brings new and exciting perspectives to American independent cinema.
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Southeast Asian Independent Cinema

Southeast Asian Independent Cinema

John A. Lent To discuss Southeast Asian Independent Cinema is to encounter
problems of definition, first, in trying to delineate the region itself, and second, in
setting the parameters of independent film. Southeast Asia is a diverse mixture of
 ...

Author: Tilman Baumgärtel

Publisher: Hong Kong University Press

ISBN: 9789888083602

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 296

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The rise of independent cinema in Southeast Asia, following the emergence of a new generation of filmmakers there, is among the most significant recent developments in global cinema. The advent of affordable and easy access to digital technology has empowered startling new voices from a part of the world rarely heard or seen in international film circles. The appearance of fresh, sharply alternative, and often very personal voices has had a tremendous impact on local film production. This book documents these developments as a genuine outcome of the democratization and liberalization of film production. Contributions from respected scholars, interviews with filmmakers, personal accounts and primary sources by important directors and screenwriters collectively provide readers with a lively account of dynamic film developments in Southeast Asia. Interviewees include Lav Diaz, Amir Muhammad, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Eric Khoo, Nia Dinata and others. Tilman Baumgärtel taught film and media studies in Germany, Austria and the Philippines before joining Royal University of Phnom Penh in 2009. He has curated international film series and art exhibitions, and has also published books on independent cinema, Internet art, computer games and the German director Harun Farocki. His blog can be found at http://southeastasiancinema.wordpress.com
Categories: Performing Arts

Prancing Lavender Bunnies and Other Stuff from the Darkside of Independent Cinema

Prancing Lavender Bunnies and Other Stuff from the Darkside of Independent Cinema

As corny as this may seem, I take seriously the responsibility of bringing
independent films to Corvallis. ... Because it's a trade: if I have to sell drugs (
alcohol) to keep independent cinema in Corvallis, you have to come see the
movies. If not ...

Author: Paul Turner

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 9781435704596

Category: Humor

Page: 136

View: 282

Irreverent stories about running an alternative, locally owned, independent movie theater in a small Oregon town; appreciations of fiercely loyal patrons; and rants about the peculiar business of dealing with movie studios. Paul also writes about his earlier experiences running movie theaters, some of which are now gone forever, and his forays into the American West, as seen from the seat of his motorcycle. Movies and motorcycles, twin passions for Paul, provide a never-ending supply of inspiration for Paul's creativity.
Categories: Humor

Accidental Genius

Accidental Genius

Fine looks at the life and impact of Cassavetes, based largely on interviews from the people who knew the man and his work best: his wife Gena Rowlands and their children; Peter Falk; Ben Gazzara; Martin Scorsese; John Sayles; Seymour ...

Author: Marshall Fine

Publisher: Miramax

ISBN: STANFORD:36105114553477

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 482

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Cassavetes was the prototypical outsider who rebelled against all conventions even as he established the foundations for a new one: seemingly improvisory cinema of emotional truth and immediacy. Fine looks at the life and impact of Cassavetes, based largely on interviews from the people who knew the man and his work best: his wife Gena Rowlands and their children; Peter Falk; Ben Gazzara; Martin Scorsese; John Sayles; Seymour Cassel; Sean Penn; Sidney Lumet; Robert Altman; Jon Voight and many others who shed light on this illustrious cinematographer.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

Contemporary American Independent Film

Contemporary American Independent Film

is at stake in this effort to win recognition for Poole's work as independent cinema
and an avantigarde corpus is not the elevation of a pornographic work into two
more desirable traditions; on the contrary, my aim, to Put it somewhat sheepishly,
 ...

Author: Chris Holmlund

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415254861

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 299

View: 452

From Easy Rider to The Blair Witch Project, this book is a comprehensive examination of the independent film scene. Exploring the uneasy relationship between independent films and the major studios, the 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, 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. For all students of film studies and American studies, this cultural journey through independent film history will be an absolute must read.
Categories: Performing Arts

Independent Filmmaking Around the Globe

Independent Filmmaking Around the Globe

With chapters on under-explored cinemas as well as traditional centres, Independent Filmmaking around the Globe explores how contemporary independent filmmaking increasingly defines the global cinema of our time.

Author: Doris Baltruschat

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 9781442626836

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 313

View: 120

With chapters on under-explored cinemas as well as traditional centres, Independent Filmmaking around the Globe explores how contemporary independent filmmaking increasingly defines the global cinema of our time.
Categories: Performing Arts

American Independent Cinema

American Independent Cinema

No Marketing Blurb

Author: Jim Hillier

Publisher: British Film Institute

ISBN: UOM:39015050771487

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 283

View: 795

No Marketing Blurb
Categories: Performing Arts

Canyon Cinema

Canyon Cinema

Bringing alive a remarkable moment in American cultural history, Scott MacDonald tells the colorful story of how a small, backyard organization in the San Francisco Bay Area emerged in the 1960s and evolved to become a major force in the ...

Author: Scott MacDonald

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520940611

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 480

View: 577

Bringing alive a remarkable moment in American cultural history, Scott MacDonald tells the colorful story of how a small, backyard organization in the San Francisco Bay Area emerged in the 1960s and evolved to become a major force in the development of independent cinema. Drawing from extensive conversations with men and women crucial to Canyon Cinema, from its newsletter Canyon Cinemanews, and from other key sources, MacDonald offers a lively chronicle of the life and times of this influential, idiosyncratic film exhibition and distribution collective. His book features many primary documents that are as engaging and relevant now as they were when originally published, including essays, poetry, experimental writing, and drawings.
Categories: Performing Arts

Indian Cinema Beyond Bollywood

Indian Cinema Beyond Bollywood

This is the first edited volume on new independent Indian cinema.

Author: Ashvin Immanuel Devasundaram

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351254243

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 290

View: 270

This is the first edited volume on new independent Indian cinema. It aims to be a comprehensive compendium of diverse theoretical, philosophical, epistemological and practice-based perspectives, featuring contributions from multidisciplinary scholars and practitioners across the world. This edited collection features analyses of cutting-edge new independent films and is conceived to serve as a beacon to guide future explorations into the burgeoning field of new Indian Cinema studies.
Categories: Performing Arts

Cinema of Outsiders

Cinema of Outsiders

'Cinema of Outsiders' is the first and only comprehensive chronicle of contemporary independent movies from the late 1970s up to the present.

Author: Emanuel Levy

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 9780814751237

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 601

View: 981

American college campuses, where ideas are freely exchanged, contested, and above all uncensored, are historical hotbeds of political and social turmoil. In the past decade alone, the media has carefully tracked the controversy surrounding the speech of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at Columbia, the massacres at Virginia Tech, the dismissal of Harvard’s President Lawrence Summers, and the lacrosse team rape case at Duke, among others. No matter what the event, the conflicts that arise on our campuses can be viewed in terms of constitutional principles, which either control or influence outcomes of these events. In turn, constitutional principles are frequently shaped and forged by campus culture, creating a symbiotic relationship in which constitutional values influence the nature of universities, which themselves influence the nature of our constitutional values. In The Constitution Goes to College, Rodney A. Smolla—a former dean and current university president who is an expert on the First Amendment—deftly uses the American university as a lens through which to view the Constitution in action. Drawing on landmark cases and conflicts played out on college campuses, Smolla demonstrates how five key constitutional ideas—the living Constitution, the division between public and private spheres, the distinction between rights and privileges, ordered liberty, and equality—are not only fiercely contested on college campuses, but also dominate the shape and identity of American university life. Ultimately, Smolla compellingly demonstrates that the American college community, like the Constitution, is orderly and hierarchical yet intellectually free and open, a microcosm where these constitutional dichotomies play out with heightened intensity.
Categories: Performing Arts

Screen Writings

Screen Writings

Each text and script is introduced and contextualized by MacDonald; a filmography and a bibliography round out the volume. This is a readable—often quite funny—literature that investigates differences between seeing and reading.

Author: Scott MacDonald

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520080254

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 339

View: 140

"Ask audience to cut the part of the image on the screen that they don't like. Supply scissors."—Yoko Ono, Tokyo, June 1964 A dazzling range of unconventional film scripts and texts, many published for the first time, make up Scott MacDonald's newest collection. Illustrated with nearly 100 film stills, this fascinating book is at once a reference work of film history and an unparalleled sampling of experimental "language art." It contributes to the very dissipation of boundaries between cinematic, literary, and artistic expression thematized in the films themselves. Each text and script is introduced and contextualized by MacDonald; a filmography and a bibliography round out the volume. This is a readable—often quite funny—literature that investigates differences between seeing and reading. Represented are avant-garde classics such as Hollis Frampton's Poetic Justice and Zorns Lemma and Morgan Fisher's Standard Gauge, and William Greaves's recently rediscovered Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One. Michael Snow turns film loose on language in So Is This; Peter Rose turns language loose on theory in Pressures of the Text. Some of the most influential feminist filmscripts of recent decades—Laura Mulvey and Peter Wollen's Riddles of the Sphinx, Su Friedrich's Gently Down the Stream, Trinh T. Minh-ha's Reassemblage, Yvonne Rainer's Privilege—confirm this book's importance for readers in gender and cultural studies as well as for filmmakers and admirers of experimental writing, independent cinema, and the visual arts in general.
Categories: Performing Arts

The History of Independent Cinema

The History of Independent Cinema

The History of Independent Cinema presents an extraordinary journey that revisits the innovative men and women who stood up to the status quo and brought revolutionary new ideas and technologies to the motion picture world.

Author: Phil Hall

Publisher: Bearmanor Media

ISBN: 1593933355

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 324

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From the flickering silent images of the nickelodeon to the roaring vibrancy of today's digital video productions, independent cinema has always challenged the way films are created, released and viewed. The History of Independent Cinema presents an extraordinary journey that revisits the innovative men and women who stood up to the status quo and brought revolutionary new ideas and technologies to the motion picture world. The History of Independent Cinema celebrates the pioneers who introduced color, sound, widescreen projection and videography to the filmmaking process. You will meet the brave individuals who tore down racial and gender barriers behind the camera, challenged censorship taboos imposed on film production, formulated new strategies for film distribution, and created many of the greatest movies ever made. Spanning the full spectrum of the U.S. film experience, The History of Independent Cinema is a tribute to the legendary filmmakers and landmark films that reshaped - and continue to reshape - American popular culture.
Categories: Performing Arts

Blackframes

Blackframes

This collection of eight original essays by noted scholars, critics, and practitioners of independent Black cinema offers a rare global and systematic examination of what is unique and what is common to the making of films in English ...

Author: Celebration of Black Cinema, Inc

Publisher: Mit Press

ISBN: UOM:39015013943397

Category: Photography

Page: 85

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The emergence in recent years of a significant corpus of highly-acclaimed films by people of African descent in different parts of the world heralds a new era in the history of film. This collection of eight original essays by noted scholars, critics, and practitioners of independent Black cinema offers a rare global and systematic examination of what is unique and what is common to the making of films in English-speaking ("Anglophone") Africa, in the United States, and in Britain. Jim Pines examines the history and contemporary dynamics of production, distribution, and screening in Britain. James Snead looks at images of Blacks conveyed by independent Black filmmakers in America, and Manthia Diawara surveys Black filmmaking in Anglophone Africa. Three essays provide a particularly informed, provocative, and creative reflection on the aesthetics of Black film and in doing so present a formidable challenge to modernist and Western notions of aesthetics: Kobena Mercer's identification of "interruption," "creolization,"and "carnival aesthetics" as key aspects of the dialogic imagination of independent Black film in Britain; Teshome Gabriel's creative presentation of what he describes as the "traveling" or "nomadic" character of Black independent film practice; and Clyde Taylor's iconoclastic assault on the very notion of aesthetics itself. Distributed for Celebration of Black Cinema.
Categories: Photography

A Critical Cinema 4

A Critical Cinema 4

A Critical Cinema 4 is the fourth volume in Scott MacDonald's Critical Cinema series, the most extensive, in-depth exploration of independent cinema available in English.

Author: Scott MacDonald

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520242718

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 399

View: 925

A Critical Cinema 4 is the fourth volume in Scott MacDonald's Critical Cinema series, the most extensive, in-depth exploration of independent cinema available in English. In this new set of interviews, MacDonald once again engages filmmakers in detailed discussions of their films and of the personal experiences and political and theoretical currents that have shaped their work. The interviews are arranged to express the remarkable diversity of modern independent cinema and the network of interconnections within the community of filmmakers. A Critical Cinema 4 includes the most extensive interview with the late Stan Brakhage yet published; a conversation with P. Adams Sitney about his arrival on the New York independent film scene; a detailed discussion with Peter Kubelka about the experience of making Our African Journey; a conversation with Jill Godmilow and Harun Farocki on modern political documentary; Jim McBride's first extended published conversation in thirty years; a discussion with Abigail Child about her evolution from television documentarian to master editor; and the first extended interview with Chuck Workman. This volume also contains discussions with Chantal Akerman about her place trilogy; Lawrence Brose on his examination of Oscar Wilde's career; Hungarian Peter Forgács about his transformation of European home movies into video operas; Iranian-born Shirin Neshat on working between two cultures; and Ellen Spiro about exploring America with her video camera and her dog. Each interview is supplemented by an introductory overview of the filmmaker's contributions. A detailed filmography and a selected bibliography complete the volume.
Categories: Performing Arts

The Flaherty

The Flaherty

This is the inspiring story of The Flaherty, one of the oldest continuously running nonprofit media arts institutions in the world, which has shaped the development of independent film, video, and emerging forms in the United States over ...

Author: Patricia R. Zimmermann

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 9780253026880

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 360

View: 191

This is the inspiring story of The Flaherty, one of the oldest continuously running nonprofit media arts institutions in the world, which has shaped the development of independent film, video, and emerging forms in the United States over the past 60 years. Combining the words of legendary independent filmmakers with a detailed history of The Flaherty, Patricia R. Zimmermann and Scott MacDonald showcase its history and legacy, amply demonstrating how the relationships created at the annual Flaherty seminar have been instrumental in transforming American media history. Moving through the decades, each chapter opens with a detailed history of the organization by Zimmermann, who traces the evolution of The Flaherty from a private gathering of filmmakers to a small annual convening, to today’s ever-growing nexus of filmmakers, scholars, librarians, producers, funders, distributors, and others associated with international independent cinema. MacDonald expands each chapter by giving voice to the major figures in the evolution of independent media through transcriptions of key discussions galvanized by films shown at The Flaherty. The discussions feature Frances Flaherty, Robert Gardner, Fred Wiseman, Willard Van Dyke, Jim McBride, Michael Snow, Hollis Frampton, Erik Barnouw, Barbara Kopple, Ed Pincus, Trinh T. Minh-ha, Bruce Conner, Peter Watkins, Su Friedrich, Marlon Riggs, William Greaves, Ken Jacobs, Kazuo Hara, Mani Kaul, Craig Baldwin, Bahman Ghobadi, Eyal Sivan, and many others.
Categories: Performing Arts

Contemporary US Cinema

Contemporary US Cinema

Independent American Cinema In 1985, some 50 independently produced films
were released in America. In 1998, that figure was in excess of 1,000. This
chapter will explore the reasons behind this exponential growth and investigate
the ...

Author: Michael Allen

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317874195

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 274

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Contemporary U.S. Cinema is a forceful exploration of the tumultuous changes that have dominated the shifting landscape of American film-making over the past three decades. From the explosive release of Easy Rider to the excesses of Heaven's Gate and the comic book figures of Spider-Man, its aim is to examine the economic, social and cultural contexts of mainstream and independent American films. The book divides into nine provocative chapters with material on: the most significant individual film-makers, such as Scorsese, Coppola and Lucas, as well as independent film-makers like Jarmusch and Anders the careers of leading actors of the last thirty years, such as Jack Nicholson, Robert Redford and Julia Roberts, whilst exploring the powerful position of the film star in the modern American film-making process the economics of Contemporary U.S. Cinema with particular reference to the tortuous journey from production, distribution and exhibition of Waterworld and Titanic the artistic influence of foreign film-makers, such as François Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard, and explores Hollywood's increasing dominance and reliance on the global market genres, sequels and the recent developments in computer-based technologies, using examples from The Godfather I - III, The Matrix, the Star Wars saga and remakes from Shaft to Ocean's Eleven The book is illustrated with stills throughout and includes a bibliography and annotated further reading list.
Categories: Performing Arts

American Independent

American Independent

The pressing – and perplexing – question of what exactly constitutes an '
American independent film' is integral to any account of this unique form of
national cinema; even if such studies somehow manage to avoid addressing the
question ...

Author: John Berra

Publisher: Intellect Books

ISBN: 9781841503684

Category: Art

Page: 327

View: 226

With high-profile Academy Award nominations and an increasing number of big-name actors eager to sign on to promising projects, independent films have been at the forefront in recent years like never before. But the roots of such critical and commercial successes as The Hurt Locker and Precious can be traced to the first boom of independent cinema in the 1960s, when a raft of talented filmmakers emergedto capture the attention of a rapidly growing audience of young viewers. A thorough overview of a thriving area of cultural life, Directory of World Cinema: American Independent chronicles the rise of the independent sector as an outlet for directors who challenge the status quo, yet still produce accessible feature films that not only find wide audiences but enjoy considerable box office appeal—without sacrificing critical legitimacy. Key directors are interviewed and profiled, and a sizeable selection of films are referenced and reviewed. More than a dozen sub-genres—including African American cinema, queer cinema, documentary, familial dysfunction, and exploitation—are individually considered, with an emphasis on their ability to engage with tensions inherent in American society. Copious illustrations and a range of research resources round out the volume, making this a truly comprehensive guide. At a time when independent films are enjoying considerable cultural cachet, this easy-to-use yet authoritative guide will find an eager audience in media historians, film studies scholars, and movie buffs alike.
Categories: Art