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Celluloid Mavericks: A History of American Independent Film Making
Celluloid Mavericks: A History of American Independent Filmmaking documents this rich history, showing what it meant to be "independent" in the 1930s and what it means today. Author Greg Merritt distinguishes between indie and semi-indie productions, explores the genres represented under the independent umbrella, and addresses the question of what makes a movie independent ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published December 31st 1999 by Da Capo Press
(first published October 5th 1999)
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This is a very good overview of the independent film scene from the beginning of cinema up until the Blair Witch Project. The author freely interjects his opinions into this book, which keeps things lively even if you disagree with some of his viewpoints. There are some dumb errors in spots (at this point, if you don't know that Jason WASN'T the killer in the first Friday the 13th film, then you shouldn't be writing about horror), but I like how he splits chapters into different aspects of indep ...more