Contemporary American Independent Film: From the Margins to the Mainstream

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Chris Holmlund, Justin Wyatt
Routledge, 2005 - Performing Arts - 299 pages
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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, from sy Rider to e Blair Witch Project . But how independent is independent cinema today? And what are the artistic and economic concerns that separate it form Hollywood? ntemporary American Independent Cinema 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 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 ys Don't Cry and opping for Fangs address issues of gender, sexuality and ethnicity normally avoided by Hollywood.

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Chris Holmlund is Professor of Cinema Studies, Women's Studies and French at the University of Tennessee. She is the author of (Routledge, 2003) and co-editor of (Minnesota University Press, 1997). She is working on a book on action films.
Justin Wyatt is Executive Director, Research at the ABC Television Network. He holds a Ph.D. in Critical Studies from UCLA, and is the author of (University of Texas Press, 1994) and (Flicks Books, 1998).

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