By Geoff King
A better half to American Indie movie features a finished selection of newly commissioned essays that signify a cutting-edge source for realizing key elements of the sphere of indie movies produced within the United States.
- Takes a finished and clean new examine the subject of yankee indie film
- Features newly commissioned essays from best movie specialists and rising students that characterize the state of the art connection with the indie movie field
- Topics coated contain: indie movie tradition; key historic moments and routine in indie movie background; relationships among indie movie and different indie media; and concerns together with type, gender, neighborhood id and stardom in within the indie field
- Includes stories of many varieties of indie movies and movie genres, besides quite a few filmmakers and performers that experience come to outline the field
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It has much in common with other examples such as popular music, broadcast television, large‐ circulation newspapers and magazines, Broadway shows, and bestseller books that aim to reach broad audiences (Whiteside 1980). Indie film is, by contrast, one key example of a type of culture positioned in relation to mainstream, mass media: alternatives appealing more narrowly that reject the conventions of popular forms, or at least depart from or engage critically with them. Indie culture includes a wide variety of media as well as other forms of expression and experience.
As taste is often first of all distaste, as Bourdieu suggests, the world of indie film defines its authenticity against the Hollywood model of commercial mass culture produced on an industrial scale. Indie film authenticity, like the authenticity of rock music, zines, and countercultural styles of dress and speech, marks insiders off from outsiders (Duncombe 1997, Thornton 1995). It consecrates some forms of culture in distinction to other forms deemed to be, in essence, profane. It affirms art while keeping out trash.
Key examples in the sociology literature involve musical styles such as classical and heavy‐metal music, but we can easily extend these insights to dramatic and moving image media forms, such as movies and television (Bryson 1996). If elites are distinguished by an appreciation of movies and television no less than theater, opera, ballet, and performance art, perhaps this shows evidence of a greater egalitarianism in cultural consumption. The stratification within movies and television, however, into art or indie versus commercial Hollywood fare, and into premium cable series versus network and basic cable programs, or dramas versus reality TV, is clear evidence of a reproduction of cultural hierarchy within what had been simply the mass media (Newman and Levine 2012, 6–11).
A companion to American indie film by Geoff King