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The Sundance Kids

How the Mavericks Took Back Hollywood

James Mottram

Faber & Faber

An appreciation of the young turks who took hold of Hollywood in the nineties: from P. T. Anderson to Spike Jonze to the godfather of them all, Steven Soderbergh
 
Hollywood is undergoing a renaissance, spawned by a vanguard of auteurs who for more than a decade have managed to turn La-La Land upside down. With films like Boogie Nights, Rushmore, Being John Malkovich, and Memento, young filmmakers have in many ways forced the major studios to march to the beat of their very different drummer.
 
In Sundance Kids, James Mottram paints a vibrant portrait of Hollywood as it stands today. Focusing on writers and directors who made their debuts in the nineties, Mottram takes a close look at how these mavericks have impacted the cinematic landscape. He explores the current state of the Hollywood studios; what it can mean now to be "independent" in the wake of mini-majors like Miramax and New Line; the particular influence of uncompromising artists like Steven Soderbergh and Quentin Tarantino; the unique platform provided them by the Sundance Film Festival; the contribution of British filmmakers like Sam Mendes to the mix; and how, for the first time since Paddy Chayefsky, writers such as Charlie Kaufman are becoming household names while playing a key part in the new Hollywood.
 

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Introduction:  Pizza Knights, F-64 and The Mild Bunch   Too many people have made a couple of good movies  and burned out. The truth is, studios know how to  make a successful film, one that works at the box office.  Nobody believes in the maverick anymore. Rod Lurie1   Imagine the scene: a select club has gathered in Los Angeles to watch a private screening of Ulu Grosbard's Straight Time. This 1978 story of a burglar who attempts to reform keeps its viewers' rapt attention. Afterwards, its star, Dustin Hoffman, is on hand to take questions
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"I've never been to Sundance--however, after reading this book, it feels as if I've been there and back. James Mottram makes clear the impact Sundance and all its players has had on the so-called Hollywood studio system, while breaking down the nature and structure of storytelling, something I continually struggle with, and articulating it in a manner that will enable the average movie lover to more fully understand the metaphorical undertones a writer/director is trying to achieve. The result is an enjoyable read, full of a wealth of information that leaves us asking, "what next?"  --Milo Addica, Oscar-nominated screenwriter of Monster's Ball

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • James Mottram

  • James Mottram is the author of The Making of Memento (Faber, 2002). He lives in London.

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The Sundance Kids

How the Mavericks Took Back Hollywood

James Mottram

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