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John Sayles

David R. Shumway


John Sayles is the very paradigm of the contemporary independent filmmaker. By raising much of the funding for his films himself, Sayles functions more independently than most directors, and he has used his freedom to write and produce films with a distinctive personal style and often clearly expressed political positions. From The Return of the Secaucus Seven to Sunshine State, his films have consistently expressed progressive political positions on issues including race, gender, sexuality, class, and disability. This book examines the defining characteristic of Sayles' cinema: its realism. P ... More

Keywords: John Sayles, independent filmmaker, realism, independent films, race, gender, sexuality, class, disability, cinema

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Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780252036989
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252036989.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David R. Shumway, author
Carnegie Mellon University

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