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American Independent Cinema: An Introduction

Yannis Tzioumakis


This introduction to American independent cinema offers both a comprehensive industrial and economic history of the sector from the early twentieth century to the present and a study of key individual films and film-makers. Readers will develop an understanding of the complex dynamic relations between independent and mainstream American cinema.The main argument revolves around the idea that American independent cinema has developed alongside mainstream Hollywood cinema with institutional, industrial and economic changes in the latter shaping and informing the former. Consequently, the term ‘in ... More

Keywords: American independent cinema, American independent film, Top-rank independent production, Low-end independent production, Exploitation filmmaking, Independent distribution companies, Mainstream American cinema

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780748618668
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748618668.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Yannis Tzioumakis, author