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Down and Dirty Pictures: Miramax, Sundance, and the Rise of Independent FilmDown and Dirty Pictures chronicles the rise of independent filmmakers and of the twin engines — the Sundance Film Festival and Miramax Films — that have powered them. As he did in his acclaimed Easy Riders, Raging Bulls, Peter Biskind profiles the people who took the independent movement from obscurity to the Oscars, most notably Sundance founder Robert Redford and Harvey Weinstein, who with his brother, Bob, made Miramax an indie powerhouse. Today Sundance is the most important film festival…

Down and Dirty Pictures: Miramax, Sundance and the Rise of Independent FilmIn the late 1980s, a generation of filmmakers inspired by the directors of the 1970s began to flower outside the studio system. In the following decade, the independent movement bloomed. Steven Soderbergh, Quentin Tarantino, and dozens of lesser-known filmmakers began walking away with prizes at Cannes and eventually at the Academy Awards. Many of these directors were discovered at Robert Redford’s Sundance film festival and were scooped up by Harvey and Bob Weinstein, whose company, Miramax, la…

Down and Dirty Pictures: Miramax, Sundance, and the Rise of Independent Film [Paperback] [2004] Peter BiskindIn the late 1980s, a generation of filmmakers inspired by the directors of the 1970s began to flower outside the studio system. In the following decade, the independent movement bloomed. Steven Soderbergh, Quentin Tarantino, and dozens of lesser-known filmmakers began walking away with prizes at Cannes and eventually at the Academy Awards. Many of these directors were discovered at Robert Redford’s Sundance film festival and were scooped up by Harvey and Bob Weinstein, whose company, Miramax, la…