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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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The Director as Facilitator: Collaboration, Cooperation and the Gender Politics of the Set

The Director as Facilitator: Collaboration, Cooperation and the Gender Politics of the Set

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(p.288) 17. The Director as Facilitator: Collaboration, Cooperation and the Gender Politics of the Set
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Indie Reframed
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John Alberti

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474403924.003.0018

This chapter argues that women’s collaborative methods should be understood as deliberate political interventions into production practices that privilege the white male director. Drawing extensively on his interviews with filmmaker Lynn Shelton, Alberti focuses on the workplace practices of a director who functions more as a facilitator and curator for films that are often improvised collectively. The chapter features an analysis of Shelton’s mumblecore dramedy Humpday (2008) as a deconstruction of the indie bromance and a film about men making a (porn) film, one that places the auteurist director in an ironic perspective.

Keywords:   Lynn Shelton, director as facilitator, collaboration, auteur

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