American Independent Cinema: Then and Now
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Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Media Studies
Course Number: NFLM 3424
Course Format: Seminar
Permission Required: No
Tracing the rise of independent filmmaking in the '70s and '80s through its explosion in the '90s and to today, this course will focus on the varying artistic, political and industrial concerns that have affected filmmakers over the last 40 years, from the dreamlike feminism of Maya Deren to the queer cinema of Todd Haynes to the macho postmodernism of Quentin Tarantino. The class will also pay close attention to the evolving business of independent film, from production to distribution to marketing as well as the changing role of digital platforms and social media. Students will be asked to watch such seminal indie films such as "Shadows," "Stranger than Paradise," "She's Gotta Have It," among others, examining the films through a dual lens of art and commerce.
Course Open to: Degree Students