The Making of Alternative Cinema: Beyond the frame : dialogues with world filmmakers

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Praeger, 2008 - Independent filmmakers - 336 pages
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Liza Bear's "Beyond the Frame: Dialogues with World Filmmakers" explores the world cinema of the past 25 years, and celebrates its range and diversity by paying detailed attention to the creative process. It contains roughly 50 interviews with, and short pieces on directors and other artistic collaborators from over twenty countries, primarily in Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. Liza Bear's incisive interviews provide immediate and rapid insights into directors' key themes and concerns. Her continual attention to bodies of work also allows the directors to explain what guided them in their respective movements towards and away from certain themes and genres. While directors are notorious for keeping their cards close to their chest, most of the interviews provided here have a stunning degree of openness and honesty, perhaps because many of these voices have had such a hard time getting heard in the first place.

The dialogues examine, among other issues: the sources of the scripts, how the films get made and, where possible, the socioeconomic and cultural conditions under which the directors have worked, from Argentina to Iran to Romania. In addition to the interviews, there is an introduction by noted author Robin Andersen that elucidates recurrent themes arising out of the discussions, a foreword by Laurence Kardish, Film Curator at the Museum of Modern Art, filmographies, and numerous photographs.

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About the author (2008)

MARIO FALSETTO has taught film studies at Concordia University in Montreal for over twenty years. He has published three major books in the past decade, including: the comprehensive analysis Stanley Kubrick: A Narrative and Stylistic Analysis (2001); the anthology Perspectives on Stanley Kubrick (Praeger 2nd edition, 1996); and Personal Visions: Conversations with Contemporary Film Directors (2000).

LIZA BEAR is a New York-based writer, filmmaker and activist. In the seventies she co-founded and edited the legendary conceptual art magazine Avalanche. In 1990 she received a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship in creative non-fiction, and in 1994 an Edward Albee Writing Fellowship. She has taught at the film schools of Columbia and New York University, and her film interviews have appeared in Newsday, the New York Daily News, Ms., Elle,, the Boston Globe, and other large-circulation metro dailies. She is a contributing editor at Bomb.

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