You see them on the video shelves, with titles such as Shadow Tracker
, Psycho Girls
, and The Blair Witch Project
. Skeptically, perhaps, you rent one and slip it into the VCR. Hey, you think, this isn't so bad - sometimes actually quite good. Suddenly, you discover that there is a whole range of movies from filmmakers operating outside the studio system that have their own attractions that the big budget fare can't match. You have, of course, discovered the world of independent filmmaking.
A fascinating group of independent film directors and producers, in interviews with the author, discuss their work and the state of the independent film industry at the end of the 20th century. Joe Bagnardi, Dennis Devine, Andrew Harrison, Jeff Leroy, Andrew Parkinson, Brett Piper, and 23 others cover such topics as the increased interest in independent films and how they are changing thanks to high-tech advances. These filmmakers vary widely in age, experience, formats and budgets - and choice of subject matter - but they all have a great passion for their work.