Independent Filmmaking around the Globe calls attention to the significant changes taking place in independent cinema today, as new production and distribution technology and shifting social dynamics make it more and more possible for independent filmmakers to produce films outside both the mainstream global film industry and their own national film systems. Identifying and analyzing the many complex forces that shape the production and distribution of feature films, the authors detail how independent filmmakers create work that reflects independent voices and challenges political, economic, and cultural constraints. With chapters on the under-explored cinemas of Greece, Turkey, Iraq, China, Malaysia, Peru, and West Africa, as well as traditional production centres such as the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia, Independent Filmmaking around the Globe explores how contemporary independent filmmaking increasingly defines the global cinema of our time.
Doris Baltruschat is a research fellow and instructor in the Department of Theatre and Film and the Centre for Cinema Studies at the University of British Columbia. A former juror for the Canadian Independent Film and Video Fund, she has extensive professional experience in the film and television sectors. Mary P. Erickson teaches in the School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon. She has worked as a publicist for the Northwest Film Forum in Seattle, a nonprofit film arts organization, as well as on several independent films.
Foreword. Producing Independently in a Global Industry (David Hamilton) Introduction Chapter 1. The Meaning of Independence: Concepts, Contexts and Interpretations Doris Baltruschat and Mary P. Erickson Part I: Independent Film vis a vis the Local and Global Mainstream Chapter 2. An Increasingly Global Presence: Contemporary American Independent Cinema Outside the US Yannis Tzioumakis Chapter 3. European Union Initiatives for Independent Filmmakers Across Europe Teresa Hoefert de Turegano Chapter 4. Dependency and Independence in British Independent Film Erik Knudsen Chapter 5. From Aussiewood Movies to Guerilla Filmmaking: Independent Filmmaking and Contemporary Australian Cinema Mark Ryan Chapter 6. Independent Filmmaking in the Peruvian Context: Seeking Meaning Gabriela Martinez Part II: The Meaning of Independence in Regions of Conflict and Change Chapter 7. In the Shadow of the Studios, the State and the Multiplexes: Independent Filmmaking in Greece Lydia Papadimitriou Chapter 8. Turkish Independent Cinema: Between Bourgeois Auteurism and Political Radicalism Murat Akser Chapter 9. Filmmaking in Iraq: A Rebirth Mary P. Erickson Chapter 10. The Grassroots Perspective: Sixth Generation Cinema and Independent Filmmaking in China Hongwei Lu Chapter 11. Independent Filmmaking in Africa: New Voices and Challenges Martin Mhando Part III: Digital Media and the Independent Voice Chapter 12. Syiok Sendiri?: Independent Filmmaking in Malaysia Gaik Cheng Khoo Chapter 13. Independent Filmmaking in the Canadian Arctic Doris Baltruschat Chapter 14. Digital Video Films as "Independent" African Cinema Sheila Petty Glossary Filmography List of Contributors Bibliography