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A Companion to American Indie Film

  • ID: 3951240
  • Book
  • Region: United States
  • 544 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Indie films have carved a striking niche in the American cinematic landscape in recent decades, but what exactly is an "indie" film? How can it be understood both as a distinct phenomenon and as part of broader American cultural trends?

A Companion to American Indie Film presents a comprehensive collection of original essays offering a state–of–the–art examination of key aspects of the indie film sector from its origins and evolution to a range of broader cultural contexts. Featuring contributions from distinguished film scholars and emerging voices in the field, thisCompanion examines the indie film from several perspectives, with a unique focus on what is signified by the term ′indie′, as opposed to broader uses of ′independent′. Central to the book is an understanding of indie as a specific film culture, an issue with which this volume begins and that informs many subsequent chapters. Other topics include: key historical moments and movements in indie film history; relationships between indie film and other indie media; and issues including class, gender, regional identity, online fundraising, and stardom in the indie field. Timely and thought–provoking,A Companion to American Indie Film is a significant contribution to the literature on American indie cinema.
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Contributors viii

Acknowledgements xii

Introduction: What Indie Isn t Mapping the Indie Field 1Geoff King

Part One Indie Culture 23

1 Indie Film as Indie Culture 25Michael Z. Newman

2 The Making of the Indie Scene: The Cultural Production of a Field of Cultural Production 42Sherry B. Ortner

3 Indie as Organic: Tracing Discursive Roots 58Geoff King

Part Two Indie and Other Media 81

4 Quirky Culture: Tone, Sensibility, and Structure of Feeling 83James MacDowell

5 Independent Intersections: Indie Music Cultures and American Indie Cinema 106Jamie Sexton 

6 Post ]Cinema Soderbergh 129Mark Gallagher 

Part Three Criticism, Marketing, and Positioning Indie 153

7 Structuring Indie and Beasts of the Southern Wild: The Role of Review Journalism 155Erin Pearson 

8 Marketing American Indie in the Shadow of Hollywood 181Finola Kerrigan 

Part Four Movements/Moments 207

9 Proto ]Indie: 1960s Half ]Way Cinema 209Janet Staiger

10 From Independent to Indie: The Independent Feature Project and the Complex Relationship between American Independent Cinema and Hollywood in the 1980s 233Yannis Tzioumakis 

11Going Mainstream: The Indie Film Movement in 1999 257Thomas Schatz 

12 Looking through a Rearview Mirror: Mumblecore as Past Tense 279J.J. Murphy

Part Five Indie as Regional 301

13 The Pull of Place: Regional Indie Film Production 303Mary P. Erickson 

14 Rural Crimewave: Reconfiguring Regional Spaces through Genre in US Indie Cinema 325John Berra 

Part Six Aesthetics and Politics 347

15 Life During Wartime: Emotionalism, Capitalist Realism, and Middle ]Class Indie Identity 349Claire Perkins 

16 Indie Cinema and the Neoliberal Commodification of Creative Labor: Rethinking the Indie Sensibility of Christopher Nolan 368Claire Molloy 

17 They Believe Every Fuckin Word Because You re Super Cool : Masculine Cool 90s Style in Reservoir Dogs 389Stella Bruzzi

18 The Craft of Independent Filmmaking: Editing in John Sayles Return of the Secaucus Seven and Baby It s You 407Warren Buckland 

Part Seven Kickstarting Indie 431

19 Crowdfunding, Independence, Authorship 433Chuck Tryon 

20 Go Digital or Go Dark: Crowdfunding, Independent Financing, and Arthouse Exhibition on Kickstarter 452Sarah E.S. Sinwell 

Part Eight Indie Acting and Stardom 469

21 Casing Indie Acting 471Chris Holmlund 

22 Flexible Stardom: Contemporary American Film and the Independent Mobility of Star Brands 493Paul McDonald 

Index 000

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