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University of California Press
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American Ethnographic Film and Personal Documentary is a critical history of American filmmakers crucial to the development of ethnographic film and personal documentary. The Boston and Cambridge area is notable for nurturing these approaches to documentary film via institutions such as the MIT Film Section and the Film Study Center, the Carpenter Center and the Visual and Environmental Studies Department at Harvard. Scott MacDonald uses pragmatism’s focus on empirical experience as a basis for measuring the groundbreaking achievements of such influential filmmakers as John Marshall, Robert Gardner, Timothy Asch, Ed Pincus, Miriam Weinstein, Alfred Guzzetti, Ross McElwee, Robb Moss, Nina Davenport, Steve Ascher and Jeanne Jordan, Michel Negroponte, John Gianvito, Alexander Olch, Amie Siegel, Ilisa Barbash, and Lucien Castaing-Taylor. By exploring the cinematic, personal, and professional relationships between these accomplished filmmakers, MacDonald shows how a pioneering, engaged, and uniquely cosmopolitan approach to documentary developed over the past half century.



Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-18
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  1. 1. Lorna and John Marshall
  2. pp. 19-60
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  1. 2. Robert Gardner
  2. pp. 61-110
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  1. 3. Timothy Asch
  2. pp. 111-126
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  1. 4. Ed Pincus and the Emergence of Personal Documentary
  2. pp. 127-166
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  1. 5. Alfred Guzzetti and Personal Cinema
  2. pp. 167-182
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  1. 6. Ross McElwee
  2. pp. 183-237
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  1. 7. Robb Moss
  2. pp. 238-259
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  1. 8. Panorama: Other Approaches to Personal Documentary
  2. pp. 260-313
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  1. 9. Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Sensory Ethnography
  2. pp. 314-338
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 339-344
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  1. Appendix: Sources for Films
  2. pp. 345-346
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 347-396
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 397-416
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