Shadow Economies of Cinema Mapping Informal Film Distribution

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  • Copyright: 2012-04-15
  • Publisher: British Film Institute

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Shadow Economies of Cinemaexamines how films travel through time and space, both inside and outside established circuits of audiovisual trade. Combining industrial and cultural analysis, this book looks at distribution circuits from across the Americas, Africa and the Asia-Pacific, and explains how they shape film culture in their own image.

Author Biography

Ramon Lobato is a research fellow at the Swinburne Institute for Social Research, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia. Cultural Histories of Cinema Series Editors: Lee Grieveson, University College London, and Haidee Wasson, Concordia University.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. viii
Introductionp. 1
Why distribution?p. 2
Formal and informal film economiesp. 3
Shadows, sites and circuitsp. 4
Distribution from Above and Belowp. 9
Redefining distribution: theory and practicep. 10
Distribution from belowp. 13
The cultural politics of distributionp. 14
Conclusionp. 19
The Straight-to-video Slaughterhousep. 21
'Anything with sprocket holes'p. 22
The STV aestheticp. 24
Transnational STV circuitsp. 26
Shooting and selling STV action in the Asia-Pacificp. 30
The slaughterhouse of cinemap. 32
Conclusionp. 36
Informal Media Economiesp. 39
The formal and the informalp. 39
The centrality of informalityp. 41
Informal economies of cinemap. 43
Informality, cinema and the statep. 47
Between formal and informal distribution: Tropa de elitep. 49
Nollywood at Largep. 55
A short history of the Nigerian video boomp. 56
The formalising imperativep. 59
Formalising international distributionp. 63
Conclusionp. 66
Six Faces of Piracyp. 69
Copyright and the construction of piracyp. 70
Piracy as theftp. 72
Piracy as free enterprisep. 74
Piracy as free speechp. 76
Piracy as authorshipp. 78
Piracy as resistancep. 80
Piracy as accessp. 82
Everyday ethics of piracy in Tepito, Mexico Cityp. 85
Tepito postscript 2010p. 91
The Grey Internetp. 95
Mapping the online distribution ecologyp. 96
Linking sitesp. 100
Video-hosting sitesp. 101
Cyberlockersp. 104
Informal enforcement on the digital frontierp. 106
Conclusionp. 109
Conclusion: Coordinates for Studying Distribution in a Digital Agep. 111
From pipelines to swarmsp. 112
Rethinking informational freedomp. 114
Appendix: A Film Distribution Research Guidep. 119
Notesp. 129
Bibliographyp. 149
Indexp. 163
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