ABSTRACT

The American independent sector has attracted much attention in recent years, an upsurge of academic work on the subject being accompanied by wider public debate. But many questions remain about how exactly independence should be defined and how its relationship might be understood with other parts of the cinematic landscape, most notably the Hollywood studios. Edited and written by leading authors in the field, American Independent Cinema: indie, indiewood and beyond offers an examination of the field through four sections that range in focus from broad definitions to close focus on particular manifestations of independence. A wide variety of examples are included but within a framework that offers insights into how these are related to one another.

More specifically this collection offers:

  • an account of recent developments as well as reviewing, reassessing and revising a number of central positions, approaches and arguments relating to various parts of the independent and/or indie sector.
  • Individual case studies that range from the distinctive qualities of the work of established ‘quality’ filmmakers such as Wes Anderson, Steven Soderbergh and Rebecca Miller to studies of horror genre production at the more ‘disreputable’ end of the independent spectrum.
  • Examples of the limits of independence available in some cases within Hollywood, including studies of the work of Stanley Kubrick and Hal Ashby.
  • Case studies of under-researched areas in the margins of American independent cinema, including the Disney nature films and Christian evangelical filmmaking.
  • A number of wider overview chapters that examine contemporary American independent cinema from a number of perspectives.

Together, the chapters in the collection offer a unique contribution to the study of independent film in the United States.

Contributors: Warren Buckland, Philip Drake, Mark Gallagher, Geoff King, Peter Krämer, Novotny Lawrence, James MacDowell, Claire Molloy, Michael Z. Newman, Alisa Perren, James Russell, Thomas Schatz, Michele Schreiber, Janet Staiger, Yannis Tzioumakis, Sarah Wharton

chapter |8 pages

Introduction

ByGeoff King, Claire Molloy, Yannis Tzioumakis

part |2 pages

Part I Approaching independence

part |2 pages

Part II Indie manifestations

chapter |4 pages

Introduction

ByGeoff King

chapter 5|12 pages

Movies for hipsters

ByMichael Z. Newman

part |2 pages

Part III Independence and Hollywood

chapter |4 pages

Introduction

ByYannis Tzioumakis

chapter 9|13 pages

Conglomerate Hollywood and American independent film

ByThomas Schatz

chapter 12|14 pages

Independent nature: wildlife films between Hollywood and indiewood

ByClaire Molloy

part |2 pages

Part IV Beyond indie

chapter |4 pages

Introduction

ByClaire Molloy

chapter 14|12 pages

Welcome to the (neo) grindhouse! sex, violence and the indie film

BySarah Wharton