American Independent Cinema: Then and Now
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Media Studies
Department: Communication
Course Number: NFLM 3424
Course Format: Seminar
Location: Online
Permission Required: No
  • Media Studies
  • Film & Video History, Theory & Criticism
  • Film
This course begins in the wake of the most important week of the year for American independent film: the behemoth that is the Sundance Film Festival. After discussing the festival, we undertake the task of understanding the movement. Lacking the resources and recognition of its bigger Hollywood brother, the independent movement produced, and still produces, works that challenge the dominant industry’s notions of what stories to tell and how to tell them. The result is a collection of films and viewpoints as diverse as the citizenry from which they were born. This course explores the highlights of American independent cinema in works that range from the dreamlike feminism of Maya Deren to the queer cinema of Todd Haynes and the macho postmodernism of Quentin Tarantino. Students are required to view films outside of class.
Course Open to: Degree Students