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The Cheerful Subversive's Guide to Independent Filmmaking: From Preproduction to Festivals and Distribution

The Cheerful Subversive's Guide to Independent Filmmaking: From Preproduction to Festivals and Distribution
Your Price: $36.50 CDN
Author: Dan Mirvish
Publisher: Focal Press
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 240
Pub. Date: 2017
ISBN-10: 1138185124
ISBN-13: 9781138185128
About the Book:

In The Cheerful Subversive's Guide to Independent Filmmaking, celebrated Slamdance Film Festival co-founder Dan Mirvish offers a rich exploration of the process and culture of making low-budget, independent films. Once labelled a "cheerful subversive" by The New York Times, Mirvish shares his unfiltered pragmatic approach to scriptwriting, casting, directing, producing, managing a crew, post-production, navigating the film festival circuit, distributing your film, dealing with piracy and building a career. Readers will learn how to game the Hollywood system to their advantage, get their films accepted by respected festivals without going broke, and utilize a broad range of media and tactics to promote and distribute their work. A companion website features behind-the-scenes interviews and footage from Dan's films, and much more.

- Learn everything you need to know to make, promote, and distribute your independent films, with time-tested lessons and practical advice on scriptwriting, casting and directing A-list actors, financing, producing, managing a crew, editing in post, creating visual effects on a budget, and successfully navigating the film festival circuit.

- Find out what it takes to become a true "cheerful subversive" and adopt new and innovative approaches to producing your films, discover hidden loopholes in the Hollywood system and festival scene, take advantage of a broad range of media formats to promote and distribute your indie films, and generally make bold moves in service of your creative work, all while staying flexible enough to pivot at a moment's notice.

- An extensive companion website features in-depth interviews with filmmakers, more than an hour of behind-the-scenes footage from Dan Mirvish's films, festival resources, and much more.

What people say:

"The last 25 years has been the most turbulent period in the film industry's history and Dan has continued to navigate through it and survive. He is a legitimate insider with a wealth of information and knowledge." - Sean Baker, Spirit and Gotham award-winning director of Tangerine, Starlet and Take Out

"Dan Mirvish is Hollywood's Merry Prankster - a guerrilla filmmaking guru whose wisdom and insights are as valuable as they are entertaining." - Award-winning filmmaker Kevin DiNovis, writing faculty, New York Film Academy

About the Author:

Dan Mirvish is a director, screenwriter, producer, inventor and author. Mentored by Robert Altman on his first film, Omaha (the movie), Dan co-founded the Slamdance Film Festival. Dan's film Open House forced the Academy Awards to rewrite their rules, and he also co-wrote the critically-acclaimed novel I Am Martin Eisenstadt. His award-winning film Between Us played in 23 festivals and sold to 144 countries. Dan's latest film is Bernard and Huey, written by the legendary Jules Feiffer. He's also written for Filmmaker Magazine, Indiewire and The Huffington Post. Dan has a master's degree in film from USC and has guest lectured at UCLA, NYU, USC, CalArts and many other film schools. Once labelled a "cheerful subversive" by The New York Times, Mirvish was named one of Variety's Top 50 Creatives to watch.