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Unexpected AlliancesIndependent Filmmakers, the State, and the Film Industry in Postauthoritarian South Korea$
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Young-a Park

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780804783613

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804783613.001.0001

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Film Festival Fever

Film Festival Fever

The Circulation of Independent Films

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(p.137) Five Film Festival Fever
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Unexpected Alliances
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Young-a Park

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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804783613.003.0006

This chapter analyzes the consumption and circulation of the works of independent filmmakers at Korea’s burgeoning international film festivals. New activist cultural production and consumption take place in the film festival venues created by the unprecedented alliances among the postauthoritarian state, new media capital, and the independent film circuit. And these venues, in turn, operate as platforms where festival audiences express their upwardly mobile class identity and individuality, which were not expressed through the consumption of either mainstream or traditional activist films. Here, the audience is an important element in understanding how activist cultural production and consumption have been reconfigured in Korea.

Keywords:   film festival, circulation of independent films, film consumption, upwardly mobile middle-class audience

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