Indie: An American Film Culture

Indie An American Film Culture America s independent films often seem to defy classification Their strategies of storytelling and representation range from raw no budget projects to polished releases of Hollywood s specialty divis

  • Title: Indie: An American Film Culture
  • Author: Michael Z. Newman
  • ISBN: 9780231144650
  • Page: 114
  • Format: Paperback
  • America s independent films often seem to defy classification Their strategies of storytelling and representation range from raw, no budget projects to polished releases of Hollywood s specialty divisions Yet understanding American indies involves than just considering films Filmmakers, distributors, exhibitors, festivals, critics, and audiences all shape thAmerica s independent films often seem to defy classification Their strategies of storytelling and representation range from raw, no budget projects to polished releases of Hollywood s specialty divisions Yet understanding American indies involves than just considering films Filmmakers, distributors, exhibitors, festivals, critics, and audiences all shape the art s identity, which is always understood in relation to the Hollywood mainstream.By locating the American indie film in the historical context of the Sundance Miramax era the mid 1980s to the end of the 2000s , Michael Z Newman considers indie cinema as an alternative American film culture His work isolates patterns of character and realism, formal play, and oppositionality and the functions of the festivals, art houses, and critical media promoting them He also accounts for the power of audiences to identify indie films in distinction to mainstream Hollywood and to seek socially emblematic characters and playful form in their narratives Analyzing films such as Welcome to the Dollhouse 1996 , Lost in Translation 2003 , Pulp Fiction 1994 , and Juno 2007 , along with the work of Nicole Holofcener, Jim Jarmusch, John Sayles, Steven Soderbergh, and the Coen brothers, Newman investigates the conventions that cast indies as culturally legitimate works of art He binds these diverse works together within a cluster of distinct viewing strategies and invites a reevaluation of the difference of independent cinema and its relationship to class and taste culture.

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    1. Alyx

      Hey look--a film studies book that isn't about the symbolism of some David Lynch movie! Newman takes his training from UW-Madison's film program and applies the same kind of intellectual rigor toward reception and industry as he does toward formalism. An extension of Newman's dissertation, Indie: An American Film Culture argues that the ubiquity of indie culture has led to the creation of a national cinematic culture that in many ways replaces our country's consumption of foreign art house films [...]

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