Independent Filmmaking Around the Globe

Independent Filmmaking Around the Globe

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Edited by Doris Baltruschat and Mary P. Erickson
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division © 2015
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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)


Chapter 1. The Meaning of Independence: Concepts, Contexts and Interpretations
Doris Baltruschat and Mary P. Erickson

Part I: Independent Film vis à 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 Turégano

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 Martínez

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

List of Contributors

“The essays in Independent Filmmaking around the Globe convey a wealth of information and insight about the configurations of independent cinema around the world. This is a readable and informative collection with an impressive geographical range.”

Duncan Petrie, Department of Theatre, Film, and Television, University of York

“No other book engages in such a wide international survey of independent film. Compelling, clear, and focused, Independent Filmmaking around the Globe approaches the topic with forceful and eye-opening clarity.”

Patricia R. Zimmermann, Department of Media Arts, Sciences and Studies, Ithaca College

‘It is not only one of my favourite film studies readings for the year 2015, but a very helpful and fundamental anthology to assist teaching courses of related topics.’

Luis Rocha Antunes, Limina: A Journal of Historical & Cultural Studies vol 21:02:2016

Independent Filmmaking is an indispensable resource, and it would also be an excellent text for a survey of new international cinema…. Highly recommended.’

W. W. Dixon, Choice Magazine vol 53:01:2015