Personal Expression in the Age of Market-Driven Film: A Directors Forum

One of the distinguishing characteristics of independent film is the idiosyncratic creativity of its filmmakers. But in an industry driven by market forces and corporate decision-making, directors can face imposing hurdles in protecting the originality and creative core of their films. When making artistic choices in areas of content, casting, budget, editing, music, and marketing, are directors attempting to reclaim the market power of personal expression? Have director-driven companies been successful in securing greater creative freedom? How are those filmmakers dealing with the incumbent business responsibilities? Is there a resurgence of the kind of autonomy from studio influence that some directors found in the late 1960s and 70s?

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