«INDIEWOOD AND HOLLYWOOD: A STORY OF ROMANCE. HOW INDEPENDENT AMERICAN FILMMAKERS REINFORCE THE GREAT INDUSTRY, AND HOW HOLLYWOOD SUPPORTS INDIE?»
Technically, 'independent' American cinema was formed and even institutionalized as late as November 1977 when Robert Redford has gathered a three-day conference in his ranch in Utah, which started the Sundance Institute and the famous film festival, a true Mecca for independent filmmakers.
Although there is much more to the story of 'independent' film producers. From the very beginning the independent cinema actively supplies personnel to attend the needs of Hollywood, and those who accessed the big budgets, in spite of everything, continue to film their 'alternative movies,' thus transcending limits of genres and styles. Nicolas Ray, Robert Aldrich, Stanley Kublik, Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, Steven Soderbergh, David Lynch, the Coen brothers, friends/foes of the dream factory.
TOP FIVE DOCUMENTARY FILMMARERS IN THE HISTORY OF AMERICAN CINEMA
America is Hollywood, and Hollywood is the world of dreams, which means a world imagined, an artificial one. Documentary cinema was always responsible for the real world in America, and that cinema was always playing a supporting role. Nevertheless, documentary cinema was keeping the record of American history, it was registering the ever-changing America. The maestros of non-fiction cinema, often without using voice over and talking heads, were filming the difficult and incomprehensible life around them, starting from the revolutionary pioneer Robert Flaherty and leading to the modern classic Frederick Wiseman or the younger classic Joshua Oppenheimer. In this lecture, via personas of five directors, we'll try to understand how American documentary cinema was developing. And it is as unique as Hollywood!