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Indie ReframedWomen's Filmmaking and Contemporary American Independent Cinema$
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Linda Badley, Claire Perkins, Michele Schreiber, and Michele Schreiber

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781474403924

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474403924.001.0001

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My Effortless Brilliance: Women’s Mumblecore

My Effortless Brilliance: Women’s Mumblecore

(p.138) 8. My Effortless Brilliance: Women’s Mumblecore
Indie Reframed

Claire Perkins

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter investigates women’s infiltration of mumblecore, an indie subgenre associated with auteurs such as Andrew Bujalski, Mark and Jay Duplass and Joe Swanberg, for feminist ends. In representing relationships among twenty-something millennials, mumblecore’s cheap, lo-fi digital aesthetic and anti-mainstream values of ‘authenticity’ are congenial to indie female practitioners such as Lynn Shelton, So Yong Kim and Desiree Akhavan. Rather than simple appropriations of a ‘male’ genre, their work represents a ‘reframing’ not only of mumblecore but indie cinema generally, which mumblecore has recently epitomised. In films with a feminist focus on female aspirations and insecurities but that also accommodate queer and racial perspectives, these practitioners transpose the mumblecore ‘ethos’ to accommodate otherwise marginalised subjectivities and experiences.

Keywords:   mumblecore, marginalised perspectives, Lynn Shelton, So YongKim, Desiree Akhavan

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