In a recent guest spot on Ted Hope’s blog, Wanda Bershen writes an interesting post about “where independent film began.” Her claims rest on independent film beginning in the 1950s and 1960s, and she discusses how these makers mixed forms, improvised performances, and used lower-grade film stocks. She also brings up many interesting titles from that era, particularly ones related to documentary.
Aside from delving into documentary history (yay!), the post struck me in its unstated ideas about independent film. What does the term “independent” mean? On the surface it might appear pretty straightforward, but here are some ways to think about the concept and some ideas that might complicate it.
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