Independent Female Filmmakers: A Chronicle through Interviews, Profiles, and Manifestos, 1st Edition




Independent Female Filmmakers collects original and previously published essays, interviews, and manifestos from some of the most defining and groundbreaking independent female filmmakers of the last 40 years. Featuring material from the seminal magazine The Independent Film and Video Monthly—a leading publication for independent filmmakers for several decadesas well as new interviews conducted with the filmmakers, this book, edited by Michele Meek, presents a unique perspective into the ethnically and culturally diverse voices of women filmmakers whose films span narrative, documentary, and experimental genres and whose work remains integral to independent film history from the 1970s to the present. Independent Female Filmmakers also includes a biographical profile of each filmmaker, as well as an online resource with links to additonal interviews and a sample course syllabus. The filmmakers in this book include: • Lisa Cholodenko (High Art, The Kids Are All Right) • Martha Coolidge (Valley Girl, Real Genius, Introducing Dorothy Dandridge) • Cheryl Dunye (The Watermelon Woman, Stranger Inside) • Miranda July (The Future, Me And You And Everyone We Know) • Barbara Kopple (Harlan County USA, Wild Man Blues) • Maria Maggenti (The Incredibly True Adventures of Two Girls in Love) • Deepa Mehta (Fire, Earth, Water) • Trinh T. Minh-ha (Surname Viet, Given Name Nam, Night Passage) . . . and more!

Edited by Michele Meek Routledge 20 pages Paperback: 9780815373049 pub: 2019-01-15

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements About the Contributors Preface: Feminist Independents – By Patricia White Introduction – By Michele Meek An Independent Revolution: A History of the Association of Independent Video & Filmmakers (AIVF) and The Independent Film & Video Monthly – By Erin Trahan Ericka Beckman (1951–) – By Emily Watlington Lizzie Borden (1958–)– By Cynthia Felando Lisa Cholodenko (1964–) By Holly Willis Martha Coolidge (1946–) By Michele Meek Julie Dash (1952–) By Christina N. Baker Cheryl Dunye (1966–)By Sarah E. S. Sinwell Jennifer Fox(1959–) – By Michele Meek Su Friedrich (1954–) – By Erin Trahan Miranda July (1974–)– By Erin Trahan Barbara Kopple (1946–) – By Lisa Dombrowski Maria Maggenti (1962–)– By Amy Guth Deepa Mehta (1950–)– By Anna Sarkissian Trinh T. Minh-ha (1952–)By Benjamin Schultz-Figueroa and Patricia Alvarez Astacio Yvonne Rainer (1934–) – By Aviva Dove-Viebahn Annie Sprinkle (1954–) and Beth Stephens (1960–) – By Linda Williams Index


"Michele Meek’s book is a welcome and important addition to the growing list of anthologies about women filmmakers…but what makes it special is that it is about the true pioneers of independent American women’s film, written and edited by those who were part of it." —Debra Zimmerman, Executive Director of Women Make Movies "This is a rich and exciting volume that draws attention to the indispensable contributions that women filmmakers have made to American independent cinema. Featuring profiles of and interviews with many groundbreaking directors, it gives voice to female artists whose experiences will inform and inspire the next generation of image-makers." —Michele Schreiber, Author of American Postfeminist Cinema: Women, Romance and Contemporary Culture;Co-editor of Indie Reframed: Women’s Filmmaking and Contemporary American Independent Cinema

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