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Spike, Mike, Slackers & Dykes

[ Film, Media, and Popular Culture ]

Spike, Mike, Slackers & Dykes

A Guided Tour across a Decade of American Independent Cinema

By John Pierson

The legendary figure who launched the careers of Spike Lee, Michael Moore, and Richard Linklater offers a no-holds-barred look at the deals and details that propel an indie film from a dream to distribution.

March 2014

$29.95$20.07

33% website discount price

Paperback

6 x 9 | 381 pp.

ISBN: 978-0-292-75768-4

The legendary figure who launched the careers of Spike Lee, Michael Moore, and Richard Linklater offers a no-holds-barred look at the deals and details that propel an indie film from a dream to distribution.

Introduction: Stranger Than Fiction
Dialogue. Leaders
A Quick and Slanted Pre-1984 History
Dialogue. Starting Point
Stranger Than Paradise and the First Golden Age
Dialogue. Paradise
Parting Glances & The New Queer Cinema
She’s Gotta Have It
Tube Socks and Tube Steaks
Black and White
Birth of a Salesman
Dialogue. Be Like Spike
Working Girls and Women
Inspector Errol Morris Walks The Thin Blue Line
D.O.A.
The Dance Part 1
Deceased
Quantity Not Quality
Dialogue. Batman and Sex
1989: The Year It All Changed
Dialogue. Sex and Roger
Roger and Michael and Me
The Cinderella Syndrome
How to Make a Studio Deal
The Morning After
Dialogue. Role Models
Slacking Off
Dialogue. Straight Outta Business
The Next Soderbergh
Sundance 1990
Sundance 1991
Sundance 1992
Dialogue. Dogs
Sons of Mean Streets
Dialogue. $26,685
How Low Can a Budget Go?
Dialogue. Shannen
Amongst Jerks: Rob Weiss and the Dark Side of Overnight Success
Toll Money
Hitchcock: Who Needs Him?
Murder Ink
The Odd Couple: Sundance 1994
In Hock and Staying There
Go Fiscal: Anatomy of a Back End
A Doc In The House
Dialogue. The Clerky Boys
Epilogue: It’s A Wonderful Life, July 4, 1995
Acknowledgments
Appendix I
Appendix II
Appendix III
Index

John Pierson hunted down, represented, and, in some cases, financed over twenty first-time independent features by directors including Spike Lee, Michael Moore, Richard Linklater, and Kevin Smith. After writing this chronicle of that era, he created and hosted IFCtv's first original series Split Screen, a globe-trotting, magazine-format show by filmmakers for film aficionados, which eventually took him and his family to Fiji's remote 180 Meridian Cinema. When he returned, Pierson moved to Austin to teach in the University of Texas Department of Radio-Television-Film, where he’s interviewed over seventy notable industry guests in his RTF master class.

“Needless to add, Pierson is a player on virtually every page of Spike, a lively and highly personal account that begins by reminding readers of what was already thriving before 1989, the year indies broke big with Soderbergh’s sex, lies, and videotape.”
Shepard Express