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Not Hollywood: Independent Film at the Twilight of the American Dream

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The pioneering anthropologist Sherry B. Ortner combines her trademark ethnographic expertise with critical film interpretation to explore the independent film scene in New York and Los Angeles since the late 1980s. Not Hollywood is both a study of the lived experience of that scene and a critical examination of America as seen through the lenses of independent filmmakers. Based on interviews with scores of directors and producers, Ortner reveals the culture and practices of indie filmmaking, including the conviction of those involved that their films, unlike Hollywood movies, are "telling the truth" about American life. These films often illuminate the dark side of American society through narratives about the family, the economy, and politics in today's neoliberal era. Offering insightful interpretations of many of these films, Ortner argues that during the past three decades independent American cinema has functioned as a vital form of cultural critique.

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The pioneering anthropologist Sherry B. Ortner explores the culture and practices of independent filmmaking in the U.S., arguing that during the past three decades, independent cinema has provided vital cultural critique.

About the Author

Sherry B. Ortner is Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is author of Life and Death on Mt. Everest: Sherpas and Himalayan Mountaineering, Making Gender: The Politics and Erotics of Culture, and High Religion: A Cultural and Political History of Sherpa Buddhism. She has received many awards, including a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship.

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ISBN:
9780822354109
Author:
Ortner, Sherry B.
Publisher:
Duke University Press
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
anthropology;cultural anthropology
Subject:
Film and Television-History and Criticism
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20130231
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
3 tables
Pages:
352

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Arts and Entertainment » Film and Television » History and Criticism
History and Social Science » Anthropology » Cultural Anthropology

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