chapter  7
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Their own personal velocity: women directors and contemporary independent cinema

ByMichele Schreiber

This passage from director Rebecca Miller’s blog is a succinct encapsulation of the predicament of many contemporary filmmakers who find themselves outside of the mainstream Hollywood film industry, whether by circumstance, or, as in Miller’s case, by choice. As she recalls, she has been told by ‘her advisor’ (one assumes her agent, manager or publicist) that she will never live up to Hollywood’s box-office or genre expectations. Or, as she quite aptly puts it, she will ‘never make films that can be described in a single sentence.’ But rather than capitulate to this pressure, she holds firm in her belief that her artistic vision is not compatible with Hollywood’s generic influences.