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- DescriptionThe pioneering anthropologist Sherry B. Ortner combines her trademark ethgraphic 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 ecomy, 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.
- Author BiographySherry B. Ortner is Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at UCLA. She is the author of numerous books including New Jersey Dreaming: Capital, Culture, and the Class of '58 and Anthropology and Social Theory: Culture, Power, and the Acting Subject, both published by Duke University Press.
- Author(s)Sherry B. Ortner
- PublisherDuke University Press
- Date of Publication25/02/2013
- SubjectFilm, TV & Radio
- Place of PublicationNorth Carolina
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintDuke University Press
- Content Note3 tables
- Weight472 g
- Width155 mm
- Height231 mm
- Spine23 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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