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Postwar American Independent Cinema
FILM 348
Spring 2011
Section: 01  

What exactly defines an "independent" film or filmmaker? How do independent filmmakers situate themselves in opposition to mainstream filmmaking, and/or work in tandem with major studios? How have notions of independence changed over time? This course addresses these and other questions as it examines different models of American independent feature filmmaking in use from the studio era to the present day. We will explore the various methods of production, distribution, and exhibition utilized by independent filmmakers and their range of reliance on the major studios. In addition, we will consider the aesthetic relationship between independent films and mainstream filmmaking, focusing in particular on how independents have used film form and narrative to differentiate their product. Screenings include films directed by: Ida Lupino, Sam Fuller, Herbert Biberman, Dwane Esper, Roger Corman, Russ Meyer, Melvin Van Peebles, John Waters, Robert Frank, Morris Engel, John Cassavetes, Shirley Clarke, Andy Warhol, Monte Hellman, Robert Altman, Barbara Kopple, Charles Burnett, Steven Soderbergh, Jim Jarmusch, John Sayles, Gus Van Sant, Marlon Riggs, Todd Haynes, Julie Dash, among others.

Essential Capabilities: None
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA FILM
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: FILM310 AND FILM304
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (FILM-MN)(FILM)
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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