Bob, Harvey and Quentin Unchained

My lesson from Alisa Perren’s Indie, Inc: Miramax and the Transformation of Hollywood in the 1990s was two-fold: I learned that the Weinstein Bros. made Miramax the enormous success that it was and that they are also responsible for kick-starting Quentin Tarantino’s now sensational career. Considering their current cult following, it seems odd to recall […]

A View Askew: Indie Cinema in the 90’s

The so-called “Cinema of Cool” started with a handful of young American filmmakers in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. These filmmakers were born out of the post-modern media landscape of changing views towards cinema production and distribution. These filmmakers were all inspiring each other and pushing the genre of “indie” into a more sophisticated […]

How the Oscars Killed the Indie Buzz

Yet if, from one angle, Shakespeare in Love and Life is Beautiful can be seen in retrospect as signaling a high point for Miramax, from another they might be perceived as initiating the company’s downward trajectory-in terms of its status with the press and its broader impact on the specialty business. As Alisa Perren asserts in her work, Indie, […]

Courting Controversy: Mirimax, Kids, and Shining Excalibur

Alisa Perren’s Indie, inc.: Miramax and the transformation of Hollywood in the 1990s, looks to Miramax, a company known for distributing “indie” films, in order to illustrate how one company was able to transform the independent film industry (and beyond). Perren works with a variety of case studies, but one in particlar stood out to […]

Miramax and the new Hollywood Dimension

The rise and fall of Miramax is known throughout the media world as an excellent case study of how a small independent distributor could not only rise up to compete in the big leagues with major motion picture studio films, but also produce a series of independent films and/or niche-products that were able to attract […]

What’s Your Favorite Scary Movie?: Marketing the Horror Film

When it comes to the film business, marketing is half the battle. A film with even the hardest Hollywood hitters could not make it out of the gate without some publicity to fuel its exhibition run, a fact that was readily apparent to leaders of the indie movement in the 1990s. According to Alisa Perren […]

Kids: Indie, or Independent?

Alisa Perren’s case study Indie, Inc. examines the important roles that the Weinstein brothers and their company, Miramax, played in changing the cultural, political and economic landscape of Hollywood in the 1990s. In the book’s first chapter, she makes an intriguing distinction that I believe is worth noting here: “a film or company will be […]