The Sundance Kids How the Mavericks Took Back Hollywood

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The Sundance Kids How the Mavericks Took Back Hollywood by Mottram, James, 9780865479678
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  • ISBN: 9780865479678 | 0865479674
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  • Copyright: 5/15/2007
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An appreciation of the young turks who took hold of Hollywood in the nineties: from P. T. Anderson to Spike Jonze to the godfather of them all, Steven Soderbergh Hollywood is undergoing a renaissance, spawned by a vanguard of auteurs who for more than a decade have managed to turn La-La Land upside down. With films likeBoogie Nights, Rushmore, Being John Malkovich, andMemento, young filmmakers have in many ways forced the major studios to march to the beat of their very different drummer. InSundance Kids, James Mottram paints a vibrant portrait of Hollywood as it stands today. Focusing on writers and directors who made their debuts in the nineties, Mottram takes a close look at how these mavericks have impacted the cinematic landscape. He explores the current state of the Hollywood studios; what it can mean now to be "independent" in the wake of mini-majors like Miramax and New Line; the particular influence of uncompromising artists like Steven Soderbergh and Quentin Tarantino; the unique platform provided them by the Sundance Film Festival; the contribution of British filmmakers like Sam Mendes to the mix; and how, for the first time since Paddy Chayefsky, writers such as Charlie Kaufman are becoming household names while playing a key part in the new Hollywood. James Mottram is a film journalist who writes for a numerous publications, includingThe Independent, The Sunday Times(LONDON), and theEvening Standard. He is also the author of three books:Public Enemies: The GangsterMovie A-Z(1998),The Coen Brothers: The Life of the Mind(2000), andThe Making of "Memento"( Faber, 2002). He lives in London. Hollywood is undergoing a renaissance, spawned by a vanguard of auteurs who for more than a decade have managed to turn La-La Land upside down. With films likeBoogie Nights, Rushmore, Being John Malkovich, andMemento, young filmmakers have in many ways forced the major studios to march to the beat of their very different drummer. InSundance Kids, James Mottram paints a vibrant portrait of Hollywood as it stands today. Focusing on writers and directors who made their debuts in the nineties, Mottram takes a close look at how these mavericks have impacted the cinematic landscape. He explores the current state of the Hollywood studios; what it can mean now to be "independent" in the wake of mini-majors like Miramax and New Line; the particular influence of uncompromising artists like Steven Soderbergh and Quentin Tarantino; the unique platform provided them by the Sundance Film Festival; the contribution of British filmmakers like Sam Mendes to the mix; and how, for the first time since Paddy Chayefsky, writers such as Charlie Kaufman are becoming household names while playing a key part in the new Hollywood. "I've never been to Sundancehowever, after reading this book, it feels as if I've been there and back. James Mottram makes clear the impact Sundance and all its players has had on the so-called Hollywood studio system, while breaking down the nature and structure of storytelling, something I continually struggle with, and articulating it in a manner that will enable the average movie lover to more fully understand the metaphorical undertones a writer/director is trying to achieve. The result is an enjoyable read, full of a wealth of information that leaves us asking, 'what next?'"Milo Addica, Oscar-nominated screenwriter ofMonster's Ball "Mottram clearly knows [the] independent filmmaking terrain inside-out and has don

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