Directory of World Cinema: American Independent 2

Edited by John Berra

Edited by John Berra

Distributed for Intellect Ltd

400 pages | 50 color plates | 7 x 10
Paper $23.00 ISBN: 9781841506128 Published August 2013

From Andy Warhol’s Factory films to Roger Corman’s exploitation productions to contemporary features backed by Hollywood studio subdivisions, American independent cinema has undergone several incarnations since its emergence as a politically charged underground movement in the 1960s. Today, with high-profile Academy Award nominations and an increasing number of big-name actors eager to sign on to promising projects, these films garner more interest than ever before.  Newly revised and expanded, the Directory of World Cinema: American Independent 2 extends its chronicle of the independent sector’s rise as an outlet for directors who both challenge the status quo and enjoy considerable box office appeal—without sacrificing critical legitimacy.
 
In addition to essays on such genres as African-American films, documentary, and queer cinema, this volume features new sections devoted to “brutal youth,” dream factory, religion, and war movies. It also includes one hundred and fifty reviews of significant American independent films—ranging from such cult classics as Faces, My Hustler, and Supervixens to recent releases like Drive, Mysterious Skin, and Win Win. In addition to interviews with and profiles of influential directors, a wide array of color illustrations and a range of suggested research resources round out the Directory of World Cinema: American Independent 2. At a time when independent films are enjoying considerable cultural cachet, this easy-to-use yet authoritative guide will find an eager audience among media historians, film studies scholars, and movie buffs alike.
 

Contents

Acknowledgements

 Introduction by the Editor

 

Film of the Year: Winter’s Bone

Industry Spotlight

      Crown International Pictures

      United Artists

      Interview with Dave Boyle

Cultural Crossover

      American Independent Cinema and Cable Television

      American Independent Cinema and Hispanic Masculinities

Scoring Cinema: Crash

Stardom: Steve Buscemi

Directors

      Paul Thomas Anderson

      Gregg Araki

      Hal Hartley

      Monte Hellman

      Alexander Payne

      Alan Rudolph

      James Toback

The American Nightmare

      Essay

      Reviews

Brutal Youth

      Essay

      Reviews

Documentary

      Essay

      Reviews

The Dream Factory

      Essay

      Reviews

Exploitation USA

      Essay

      Reviews

Neo Noir

      Essay

      Reviews

New York, New York

      Essay

      Reviews

Queer Cinema

      Essay

      Reviews

Religion

      Essay

      Reviews

Rural America

      Essay

      Reviews

Underground USA

      Essay

      Reviews

War

      Essay

      Reviews

Recommended Reading

American Independent Cinema Online

Test Your Knowledge

Notes on Contributors

Filmography

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