We're pleased to welcome Daniel Herbert & A.S. Hamrah to our At Home with Literati Series in support of Maverick Movies.
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About The Book: Maverick Movies tells the improbable story of New Line Cinema, a company that cut a remarkable path through the American film industry and movie culture. Founded in 1967 as an art film distributor, New Line made a small fortune running John Waters's Pink Flamingos at midnight screenings in the 1970s and found reliable returns with the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise in the 1980s. By 2001, the company competed with the major Hollywood studios and reached global box office success with the Lord of the Rings franchise. Blurring boundaries between high and low culture, between independent film and Hollywood, and between the margins and the mainstream, New Line Cinema epitomizes Hollywood's shift in focus from the mass audience fostered by the classic studios to the multitude of niche audiences sought today.
This event is part of University Press Week 2023, which this year celebrates the many ways that university presses help authors to Speak UP and share ideas that shape conversations around the world. Literati is proud to partner with University of California Press and other university presses to amplify voices like Daniel Herbert this week and year round.
Daniel Herbert is a Professor in the Department of Film, Television, and Media at the University of Michigan. He is the author of Maverick Movies: New Line Cinema and the Transformation of American Film, Videoland: Movie Culture at the American Video Store, and several other books about film and media culture.
A. S. Hamrah is a writer and member of the National Society of Film Critics. From 2008 to 2019 he contributed a column on film to n+1 and from 2020 to 2023 he was the film critic at The Baffler. His essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Review of Books, Harper’s, Bookforum, Cineaste, and other publications. A collection of his work, The Earth Dies Streaming: Film Writing, 2002-2018, is published by n+1 Books.