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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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Miranda July and the New Twenty-first-century Indie

Miranda July and the New Twenty-first-century Indie

(p.239) 14. Miranda July and the New Twenty-first-century Indie
Indie Reframed

Kathleen A. McHugh

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter singles out the brilliant, idiosyncratic multi-mediary work of Miranda July as exemplary of American independent cinema as it currently stands. Defining the latter in terms of the emerging indie culture of the twenty-first century’s second decade, McHugh argues that July’s oeuvre reframes the masculinist rhetoric that has dominated the discussion until now. Manifesting itself communally, through informal networks rather than through self-stylisation, July’s creative work is collaborative, improvisational, and distributed across a broad range of platforms including, besides film and video, writing, acting, performance and conceptual art, all of which are represented in her two feature films Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005) and The Future (2011).

Keywords:   Miranda July, multi-mediary, communal creativity, performance art

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