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CS92PROD
Postwar American Independent Cinema
FILM 348
Fall 2020
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 various models of American independent feature filmmaking in use from the studio era to the present day. We will explore the methods of production, distribution, and exhibition used 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 will likely include films directed by Ida Lupino, Sam Fuller, Herbert Biberman, Dwane Esper, Roger Corman, Russ Meyer, Melvin Van Peebles, John Waters, Morris Engel, Kent Mackenzie, John Cassavetes, Shirley Clarke, Andy Warhol, Mike and George Kuchar, Monte Hellman, Barbara Kopple, Charles Burnett, Billy Woodberry, Julie Dash, Steven Soderbergh, Wayne Wang, Jim Jarmusch, Richard Linklater, Todd Haynes, Paul Thomas Anderson, David Lynch, Ramin Bahrani, Lance Hammer, David Gordon Green, Ilisa Barbash & Lucien Castaing-Taylor, and Kelly Reichardt, among others.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA FILM
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Student Option
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: FILM307
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (FILM-MN)(FILM)
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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