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[ecrea] New Book: Non-Cinema: Global Digital Filmmaking and the Multitude

Tue Jul 24 10:44:24 GMT 2018

New book, Non-Cinema: Global Digital Film-making and the Multitude, which recently got released by Bloomsbury as part of their Thinking Cinema series, edited by Sarah Cooper and David Martin-Jones.

About Non-Cinema
Non-Cinema: Global Digital Film-making and the Multitude provides an original film-philosophy through which to understand low budget digital filmmaking from around the globe. It draws upon a wide range of western and non-western philosophers, physicists, theorists of 'Third Cinema,' and contemporary film theorists and film-philosophers in order to argue that the future of cinema lies at the margins, in the extreme, the overlooked and the under-funded – the sort that distributors, exhibitors and audiences would not consider to be cinema at all, hence "non-cinema."

Analysing numerous films, William Brown argues that contemporary low-budget digital cinema is also through its digital form a political cinema that suggests that we are not detached observers of the world, but entangled participants therewith. Non-Cinemaconstructs this argument by looking at work by established filmmakers like Jean-Luc Godard, Abbas Kiarostami, Jafar Panahi and Michael Winterbottom, as well as lesser known work from places as diverse as Asia, the Middle East, Europe, the Americas and Africa.

“Brown brilliantly introduces the concept of non-cinema as anti-thesis, remainder and emergent condition of a "post-colonial" world dominated and impoverished by the logistics of capital-cinema. Non-cinema investigates zones of invisibility at the margins of spectacle, in the poor image, and in the poor world, while also providing a powerful survey of global (non-)cinema, its various attributes and its urgent commitments to socially transformative modes of relation. The book is a significant theoretical elaboration and critique of the world-media system, that also collects and concentrates globally distributed, often liminal, instances of struggle, inspiration and liberation.” –  Jonathan Beller, Professor and Director, Graduate Program in Media Studies, Pratt Institute, USA

“Whether we understand it as 'acinema', 'paracinema', or 'post-cinema', William Brown's extremely important text on all such non-cinemas is deeply impressive: its breadth of knowledge, both theoretical and geo-cultural, has clearly demonstrated Brown to be the best thinker of non-standard cinemas working today.” –  John Ó Maoilearca, Professor of Film, Kingston University, UK

“William Brown's Non-Cinema is a brilliant speculative history of cinema acting out against itself, against every convention and institution of film. This masterpiece unfolds everywhere else, forming the contours of a cinema that is not one, but rather a series of interventions that articulate the deep values that forge a cinema in spite itself, a total cinema understood as the very limits of cinema, non-cinema.” –  Akira Mizuta Lippit, Professor of Literature and Film, University of Southern California, USA

“'Prompted by the digital explosion which allowed for the excluded to come into the picture, William Brown took on the challenge of navigating through and making sense of the multitude – that is, the images and sounds of those who populate the outside of the narrow frame of capitalism. Truly global in scope and erudition, Non-Cinema takes us on a revelatory journey through the hidden audiovisual jewels from Afghanistan, Iran, China, the Philippines, Uruguay, France, the UK, the US, culminating in Nigeria with the ultimate non-cinematic production of Nollywood. Exemplary in its intellectual ambition and analytical acumen, this is a must-read book by one of today's most original audiovisual specialists.'” –  Lúcia Nagib, Professor of Film, University of Reading, UK

Table of contents


Introduction: What is Non-cinema?

1. Digital Dreams in Afghanistan
2. The Iranian Digital Underground, Multitudinous Cinema and the Diegetic Spectator
3. Digital Entanglement and the Blurring of Fiction and Documentary in China
4. Digital Darkness in the Philippines
5. Digital acinema from afrance
6. The Cruel, Monstrous Extreme of the Digital
7. A Certain Compatibility: The British Digital Wave
8. Non-cinema in the Heart of Cinema
9. Globalisation, Erasure, Poverty: Digital Non-Cinema in Uruguay
10. Cinema out of Control: These are Not Films
11. Farewell to Cinema; Hello to Africa


Where you might want to consider buying this: <>.

As you will note, Bloomsbury are making the incredibly generous offer of a £22.03 discount if you buy through their website, making the book descend from a bargain £110.16 per copy to the snip of £88.13.

Meanwhile, if you take a leisurely cruise through the waters of the Amazon website, then you will notice that there the book goes for the bargain-basement prices of £76 for the Kindle edition and £80 for the hardback.

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