Directory of World Cinema: American Independent 3 (Book)

Edited by John Berra

This third volume of the successful Directory of World Cinema series to focus on American independent filmmaking presents in-depth essays on forty-four filmmakers who have primarily worked outside the mainstream or on its industrial margins. Contributors offer close analyses of the work of both widely acknowledged auteurs and little-known provocateurs who deserve much wider recognition. Major names discussed include Wes Anderson, Jim Jarmusch, Dennis Hopper, Sofia Coppola and Darren Aronofsky, with attention also paid to cult directors like Larry Cohen, Zalman King and Ti West. The resulting book is both a who's who of contemporary independent cinema in America and a reminder that the ways of making films outside the studio system are incredibly varied – and can be powerfully effective.


John Berra is a lecturer in Film and Language Studies at Renmin University of China. He is the author of Declarations of Independence: American Cinema and the Partiality of Independent Production (2008); editor of the Directory of World Cinema: American Independent volumes 1, 2 and 3; editor of the Directory of World Cinema:Japan volumes 1, 2 and 3; co-editor of World Film Locations: Beijing (2012) and World Film Locations: Shanghai (2014); and co-editor of the East Asian Journal of Popular Culture. He has also contributed to Electric Shadows: A Century of Chinese Cinema (2014). He is also a contributor to magazines, including Electric Sheep and Film International.


Introduction by the Editor

Films of the Year


Blue Ruin



The Guest

Inside Llewyn Davis

Listen Up Philip


Spring Breakers

Upstream Color

Welcome to New York


Industry Spotlight

BBS Productions

Interview with Alex Kendrick of Kendrick Brothers Productions/ Sherwood Pictures

Interview with Chris Chan Lee

Scoring Cinema 

Beasts of the Southern Wild


Allison Anders

Wes Anderson

Darren Aronofsky

Ralph Bakshi

Noah Baumbach

John Cassavetes

Lisa Cholodenko

Larry Cohen

Sofia Coppola

Jonathan Demme

Brian De Palma

Samuel Fuller

David Gordon Green

Todd Haynes

Nicole Holofcener

Tobe Hooper

Dennis Hopper

Jim Jarmusch

Rian Johnson

Spike Jonze

Richard Kelly

Zalman King

William Klein

Spike Lee

Herschell Gordon Lewis

Terrence Malick

David Mamet 

John Cameron Mitchell

Errol Morris

Jeff Nichols

Tyler Perry

Kelly Reichardt

Jason Reitman

Robert Rodriguez

George A Romero

Paul Schrader

Steven Soderbergh

Todd Solondz 250

Whit Stillman

Quentin Tarantino

Gus Van Sant

Wayne Wang

Ti West

Alice Wu

Recommended Reading

American Independent Cinema Online

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Notes On Contributors


'Forty-four individuals representing a cross section of American independent cinema are considered in well-written essays by scholars and writers of film. Contributors critically analyze the body of work of filmmakers who range from those who helped define the independent label, such as John Cassavetes; to fan favorites, such as Quentin Tarantino; to lesser-known artists, such as Alice Wu.' 

Choice L. K. Garcia
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