An increasingly pervasive influence on contemporary European cinema and mainstream Hollywood, American independent films have frequently provided the most experimental and distinctive voices in US cinema. A whole generation of innovative and idiosyncratic American filmmakers – including Steven Soderbergh, Todd Haynes, Hal Hartley and Spike Lee – emerged during the critical and commercial renaissance of the late 1980s and 1990s.
Jason Wood provides an insightful guide to 100 of the most interesting and influential American Independent films. Featuring indie classics such as such as Shadows, Blood Simple and Reservoir Dogs, alongside more recent releases such as Old Joy, Junebug and Me and You and Everyone We Know, each entry includes a plot synopsis, a commentary on the film's significance, production and exhibition history and cross-references to other films.
The new edition also includes prefaces by filmmakers Tom Kalin, Scott McGehee and David Siegel, as well as an introduction by Jason Wood charting the history and defining features of American independent film. The book is richly illustrated with 35 images from the films discussed.
<p>Acknowledgements Preface to the Second Edition; S.McGehee & D.Siegel Introduction 100 Film Entries Updated Bibliography/Videography Index</p>