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Film Genres: Independent films

This guide highlights library resources for some of the more popular film genres.

A short definition

Independent cinema is any type of filmmaking that takes place outside the mainstream commercial film industry or films or filmmaking practices that claim a degree of autonomy in relation variously to industrial practices, filmmaking conventions, or political context. Where there exists a large and powerful commercial film industry, as in the US (see independent cinema (US); usa film in the) and India (see india, film in), independence is commonly defined simply as every filmmaking institution and/or body of work produced outside the mainstream.

Kuhn, A.and Westwell, G. (2012). "Independent cinema." In A Dictionary of Film Studies. : Oxford University Press. Retrieved 16 Dec. 2015.

Finding library resource about independent film

Resources about Independent film are scattered throughout the PN 1990's. To see what our catalog has, click on one of the following subject searches:

Introductory reading(s)

Selected book titles

Finding articles & journals

Articles and other writings about independent film can be found in many publications. Our collection includes 2 publications which look exclusively at experimental films but none that look exclusively at independent films. The titles are listed below. You can use Film & Television Literature Index to find more articles.

Selected movie titles

Find more independent films.

Find Film Movement series films.

Keeping up with the journal literature

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