A companion to American indie film by Geoff King

By Geoff King

A better half to American Indie movie features a accomplished choice of newly commissioned essays that symbolize a state of the art source for realizing key elements of the sphere of indie motion pictures produced within the United States.

  • Takes a accomplished and clean new examine the subject of yank indie film
  • Features newly commissioned essays from most sensible movie specialists and rising students that signify the cutting-edge connection with the indie movie field
  • Topics coated comprise: indie movie tradition; key historic moments and pursuits in indie movie heritage; relationships among indie movie and different indie media; and concerns together with category, gender, nearby id and stardom in within the indie field
  • Includes reports of many sorts of indie motion pictures and picture genres, in addition to quite a few filmmakers and performers that experience come to outline the field

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There are, inevitably, more issues and aspects of this part of the film landscape that could have been covered, even in so substantial a collection as this. There are some notable absences, such as chapters with a greater focus on some specific sociocultural domains, such as black or other racially/ethnically defined filmmakers/filmmaking or areas of gender such as films made by women or from an LBGT perspective. I would like to have been able to embrace more, including some of these perspectives as more substantial points of orientation (aspects of some of these issues are picked up in some cases, including for example the dimensions of issues of race and ethnicity in Chapter 21).

Hence the high contempt with which Oakes treats putatively mainstream forms of popular culture that aim to sell indie aesthetics to credulous consumers eager to be seen as hip and trendy, trying to cash in on authentic expressions by turning their outward appearance into a commodified style. The Pitchfork Music Festival, she notes, is sponsored by major corporations: the supermarket chain Whole Foods and the restaurant chain Chipotle, both of which cater to an upscale urban clientele. In decrying the promotion of indie as a commercial style, Oakes draws hard borders between authentic and inauthentic forms.

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