2020-2021 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
    
    Jan 18, 2022  
2020-2021 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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FA 264 American Independent Cinema


3 credits

This course serves as an introduction to the vibrant world of contemporary American independent cinema. We will discuss the histories and development of independent cinema practices with close attention paid to the film business and industry, aesthetics, genre, narrative, film form, gender, sexuality, and race. We will study the films of many well-known indie directors such as John Cassavetes, Charles Burnett, Jim Jarmusch, Spike Lee, Sofia Coppola, Kelly Reichardt, Quentin Tarantino, the Coen Brothers, and Ava Duvernay. In addition to a wide range of viewing, you will read a diverse array of academic articles, filmmaker interviews, and histories to contextualize the films you have seen and provide a multi-faceted lens for film analysis.



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