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With high-profile Academy Award nominations and an increasing number of big-name actors eager to sign on to promising projects, independent films have been at the forefront in recent years like never before. But the roots of such critical and commercial successes as The Hurt Locker and Precious can be traced to the first boom of independent cinema in the 1960s, when a raft of talented filmmakers emerged to capture the attention of a rapidly growing audience of young viewers.

A thorough overview of a thriving sector of cultural production, the Directory of World Cinema: American Independent chronicles the rise of the independent sector as an outlet for directors who challenge the status quo, yet still produce accessible feature films that find wide audiences and enjoy considerable box office appeal, without sacrificing critical legitimacy.

Key directors are interviewed and profiled, and a sizeable selection of films are referenced and reviewed. More than a dozen sub-genres - including African American cinema, queer cinema, documentary, familial dysfunction and exploitation - are individually considered, with an emphasis on their ability to exemplify and engage with tensions inherent in American society. Copious illustrations and a range of research resources round out the volume, making this a truly comprehensive guide.
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Top post - rep to ya - looks like a hoot!
thank you - were you the one who posted the Indie Japanese films book?
Yup! Got to share the wealth.

I think their release strategy is to put each one up for free on their site for a limited time until the next one is out. 22 books in the series, so plenty to get into!

From their site:
* Africa
* American – Hollywood
* American – Independent
* Arab
* Australia/New Zealand
* Britain
* Canada
* China
* East Europe
* France
* Germany
* Iran
* India
* Italy
* Japan
* Russia
* Spain
* South America / Brazil
* Sweden
* Turkey
* Rest of the World (including Israel, Korea, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Iceland, etc.)
Brilliant! h & r added.
Heat & Rep added!!
Looks pretty good, thanks. I got the Japanese one a few weeks ago, too.

Keep us informed when the next one comes out ;-)
Thanks :)
Fantastic book - really impressive.
I sorry that I missed the Japanese one, but would love to get a copy - could someone please email the pdf to me at dombrewer [at] - Thanks!

edit: gratefully received from We_Are_138!
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