Author(s): D.K. Holm
Holm aims to define a term all-too-carelessly used by both media and marketing departments - distinguishing it in the process from categories like avant-garde, underground, experimental or art films, with which independent cinema is often confused. By contrasting studio-era Hollywood with changes in the business since the 1970s, he traces the birth of a commercial environment in which the new independent cinema can emerge. Profiles of specific filmmakers suggest how diverse personalities use independent cinema for individual ends. With a free Paul Cronin DVD.
D. K. Holm has written for Willamette Week, PDXS, among other publications, and now has columns at Kevin Smith's MoviePoopShoot.com. He edited an anthology of Robert Crumb interviews for the University of Mississippi Press and has a forthcoming book on Guy Maddin. He is the author of PEs on Quentin Tarantino and Robert Crumb and the Kamera Books title Independent Cinema