Not Hollywood: Independent Film at the Twilight of the American Dream

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Duke University Press, Feb 27, 2013 - Performing Arts - 331 pages
The pioneering anthropologist Sherry B. Ortner combines her trademark ethnographic expertise with critical film interpretation to explore the independent film scene in New York and Los Angeles since the late 1980s. Not Hollywood is both a study of the lived experience of that scene and a critical examination of America as seen through the lenses of independent filmmakers. Based on interviews with scores of directors and producers, Ortner reveals the culture and practices of indie filmmaking, including the conviction of those involved that their films, unlike Hollywood movies, are "telling the truth" about American life. These films often illuminate the dark side of American society through narratives about the family, the economy, and politics in today's neoliberal era. Offering insightful interpretations of many of these films, Ortner argues that during the past three decades independent American cinema has functioned as a vital form of cultural critique.
 

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Some incisive insight into independent films framed within a Marxist ethnographic critique that is occasionally impenetrable.Ortner (Anthropology/UCLA; New Jersey Dreaming, 2003, etc.) presents the ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Chapter 1 Making Independence
29
Chapter 2 Dark Indies
59
Chapter 3 Making the Scene
91
Chapter 4 Moral Ambiguity
121
Chapter 5 Making Value
147
Chapter 6 Film Feminism
173
Chapter 7 Making Films
199
Chapter 8 Politics
229
Chapter 9 Conclusions
259
Filmography
273
Notes
285
References
299
Index
315
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Sherry B. Ortner is Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at UCLA. She is the author of numerous books including New Jersey Dreaming: Capital, Culture, and the Class of '58 and Anthropology and Social Theory: Culture, Power, and the Acting Subject, both published by Duke University Press.

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