@JaniceOCG @AtwoodSociety #ActingIndie by #CynthiaAnnBaron & @Palgrave is film expert’s latest book & looks at impact of actors as writers, directors & producers. Dr. Cynthia Ann Baron is live, Thurs., Jan. 20 at 8 pm ET, w/ “If America Fails?” on TWN, for chat on @HandmaidsOnHulu, film & cults, cultures & religion.
Acting Indie: Industry, Aesthetics, and Performance (2020) is the most recent book published by Dr. Cynthia Ann Baron, and it focuses upon the role and contributions of actors in American independent cinema.
While we have the opportunity to speak with Dr. Baron, let’s see what we can learn about the differences between independent and studio-backed film-making, and what it implies about our viewing consumption of The Handmaid’s Tale. Perhaps we could ask the professor:
- What differences do you imagine we might see if The Handmaid’s Tale TV series were developed by independent filmmakers, instead of Hulu, a major streaming service and production studio?
- I see where major studios have attempted to become more innovative, as a response to increased demand created by COVID-19 lockdowns. Has the pandemic had an impact on the quality or quantity of film production by independent filmmakers; and if so, in what ways?
- Elisabeth Moss made her directorial debut in season 4 of The Handmaid’s Tale, including the dramatic season finale. What do you see as the pros and cons of actors who simultaneously take on multiple roles in a film production?
Tonight we welcome Dr. Cynthia Ann Baron to “If America Fails?” Join the chat or send your questions to us in advance of the 8 pm ET livestream. — LMO
WATCH Dr. Cynthia Ann Baron, Associate Professor, Theatre and Film, Bowling Green State University – LIVE – Thursday, January 20, 2022, 8 pm ET, on the TruthWorks Network YouTube channel, when she joins “If America Fails?: The Coming Tyranny,” in discussion on Cults, Cultures and Religions in The Handmaid’s Tale, modern American culture and film.
“This book illustrates the many ways that actors contribute to American independent cinema. Analyzing industrial developments, it examines the impact of actors as writers, directors, and producers, and as stars able to attract investment and bring visibility to small-scale productions. Exploring cultural-aesthetic factors, the book identifies the various traditions that shape narrative designs, casting choices, and performance styles. The book offers a genealogy of industrial and aesthetic practices that connects independent filmmaking in the studio era and the 1960s and 1970s to American independent cinema in its independent, indie, indiewood, and late-indiewood forms. Chapters on actors’ involvement in the evolution of American independent cinema as a sector alternate with chapters that show how traditions such as naturalism, modernism, postmodernism, and Third Cinema influence films and performances.” — Publisher
Dr. Cynthia Ann Baron is an Associate Professor in Theatre and Film at Bowling Green State University, where she researches and teaches; authors scholarly books and articles on subjects related to the discipline; and provides keynote speeches and other presentations at conferences both domestically and internationally. Her research and teaching interests include American Independent Cinema; Screenwriting; Taste Formation; Censorship; Food Studies; Women’s Cinema; and Actor Training, Stardom, and Screen Performance, among other subjects. She has taught courses on intersections between the film-media industry, national security, and cultural moments such as the Cold War and the Vietnam era. Some other courses Dr. Baron teaches are American Independent Cinema; Hollywood, Censorship, and American Culture; and Performance and Theatre in the Americas.
Most recently, she published Acting Indie: Industry, Aesthetics, and Performance (with Yannis Tzioumakis), (2020), which illustrates the many ways that actors contribute to American independent cinema and analyzes industrial developments; Modern Acting: The Lost Chapter of American Film and Theatre (2016), which, in part, highlights women’s key contributions to American film and theatre; and Denzel Washington (2015) where Baron traces the star’s persona and impact on mainstream society. Current book projects include: Recasting (White) Genres: Race, Ethnicity, and Performance in Contemporary Film and Television; Intersecting Aesthetics: Literary Adaptations and Cinematic Representations of Blackness, with co-editor Charlene Regester; and Imprisonment: Representation in Global Film and Media, with co-editor Karen Ritzenhoff. She is co-chair of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies Caucus on Class and has participated in events such as the Rethinking Realist Acting Conference in New York, and the Acting in Film Conference in Potsdam. — If America Fails: The Coming Tyranny, a TruthWorks Network Production
READ | Acting Indie: Industry, Aesthetics, and Performance | by Cynthia Baron and Yannis Tzioumakis | Palgrave | 2020