Hey! How are you folks? I don't ask that often enough. But only because I don't care. (You know I'm kidding. I love you all. In a big way, at a deep, cellular level.)

Next month there's a new book coming out, World Cinema Directory: American Independent, and it includes a mini-essay on the Kauf and other essays on each of his films. JOY. And the nifty news is, the book's available in a pre-print download for free. JOY JOY.

The essay on Charlie was written longtime BCK source Carl Wilson. If it comes from a BCK source, you know it's quality. We hite only the best. (And we pay them nothing.)

I've pasted the site's home page blurb behind the cut.

With high-profile Academy Award nominations and an increasing number of big-name actors eager to sign on to promising projects, independent films have been at the forefront in recent years like never before. But the roots of such critical and commercial successes as The Hurt Locker and Precious can be traced to the first boom of independent cinema in the 1960s, when a raft of talented filmmakers emerged to capture the attention of a rapidly growing audience of young viewers. A thorough overview of a thriving sector of cultural production, the Directory of World Cinema: American Independent chronicles the rise of the independent sector as an outlet for directors who challenge the status quo, yet still produce accessible feature films that find wide audiences and enjoy considerable box office appeal, without sacrificing critical legitimacy. Key directors are interviewed and profiled, and a sizeable selection of films are referenced and reviewed. More than a dozen sub-genres - including African American cinema, queer cinema, documentary, familial dysfunction and exploitation - are individually considered, with an emphasis on their ability to exemplify and engage with tensions inherent in American society. Copious illustrations and a range of research resources round out the volume, making this a truly comprehensive guide.


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