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Spike Mike Reloaded : A Guided Tour Across a Decade of American Independent Cinema Paperback – Bargain Price, February 18, 2004


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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion Books; Illustrated. edition (February 18, 2004)
  • ISBN-10: 1401359507
  • ASIN: B000FILM0E
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,981,546 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Pierson's name may not be a household one, but the filmmakers he's been associated with?Spike Lee, Michael Moore, Jim Jarmusch?are well known to fans of independent films. Pierson has been friend, investor, and, most importantly, business agent to these and lesser talents and has been a fixture on the festival scene for over a decade. His account of that scene is both honest and maddeningly incomplete. He offers immense detail on some of his deals (even reprinting the Roger and Me contract highlights) but is sketchy on others. He's frank in appraising the work and personality of filmmakers but vague about himself, especially his background. Still, within his milieu Pierson is a heavyweight, and his book is a good choice for collections with large film sections.?Thomas Wiener, editor, "Satellite DIRECT"
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The deals, enlivened by the author's bio, never lose their human complexion.... Mr. Pierson, who has lived, breathed and hunted film for most of his adult life, covers his territory with urgency and conviction, and his single-mindedness is ravishing. -- : The New York Times Book Review, Liesl Schillinger --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By KC on April 16, 2004
Format: Paperback
The "A Guided Tour Across a Decade ..." portion of the title is a little misleading to some.
While he talks to and about Kevin Smith, Quentin Tarantino, Michael Moore, Jim Jaramusch, Spike Lee and others, and while it's a first account of the American independent film movement circa 1990s - this is NOT a book about their films (either as analysis or critique) or them (as directors and their techniques or merely celeb gossip).
This is a book about the trials and tribulations of being a producer's rep.
There are two types of people who should read this book and would find it useful.
If you plan on directing or producing a movie - consider this book a MUST READ - film distribution 101 reading.
He talks in relevant detail about representing some of the most important American independent films of the 1990s including SHE'S GOTTA HAVE IT, CLERKS, ROGER & ME and others. While he gives an almost day-by-day blow of some of these films as they travel from film festival circuit to deal making to publicity tours - the real value is are the details about the process that one can expect as an independent film maker.
Now, a decade later, many things have changed (especially the financing numbers and studio/distribution situation today versus the 1990s) - what hasn't changed is the overall process of what you might encounter and expect. Here's a great opportunity to read what they encountered and what lessons you might learn from them.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 23, 2001
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What could've been a good guide to modern indie film is bogged down by Pierson's relentless and self-serving tooting of his own horn. Who cares?!? What we really want is the inside story of all these independent films and filmmakers. Pierson seemed to lose track of who the stars of his book should be. I also found the author's writing and his overall knowledge of movies to be lacking. A much better book on the same broad topic is "Celluloid Mavericks" by Greg Merritt, which covers the entire history of American independent film from a much more literate and balanced perspective.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 10, 1998
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this is a long history of indie films. One thing the reader must know before reading this: if you are not interested in the aspects of filmmaking or an indie film buff, DO NOT READ THIS! From an objective, weekend big-budget moviegoer point of view, this is VERY boring!!! the aspect i enjoyed best however were the discussions that the author and Kevin Smith (director of "Clerks", "Mallrats", and "Chasing Amy") had. Otherwise, it's just a bunch of near-worthless drivel about movie festivals and how this guy financially backs many diverse films.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Mclaughlin on October 14, 2005
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I enjoy reading about film, and had previously read (and enjoyed) "Shooting to Kill" by Christine Vachon and David Edelstein and "Down and Dirty Pictures" by Peter Biskind, so I thought I this would be a great book for me.

I haven't seen many of the "classic" indies detailed in the book (i.e. Slacker, She's Gotta Have It, Go Fish, etc.), so I had trouble understanding (and sometimes paying attention to) parts of Pierson's book. I did learn a lot (and I'm happy about that), but I was also confused much of the time. It would have certainly helped if I would have seen the movies he was detailing. He didn't write the book for people like me. He probably wrote it for people with already strong backgrounds in independent film.

I predict it's a really good read if . . . you have seen loads (i mean loads!) of indie films since the "Stranger Than Paradise" (1984) and you already know about the directors and distributors of the post-1984 indie scene.

If you don't feel like your an industry expert just yet, trying reading "Shooting to Kill" or "Down and Dirty Pictures." They assume much less about the reader. Then watch the "classics" mentioned in these books. Then read this book. You'll appreciate it much more.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 3, 1998
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Finally! A book detailing the most imaginative and thought provoking type of film available: The indie. American independant cinema has consistently produced fresh, off center films, especially from the likes of Richard Linklater, Kevin Smith and Hal Hartley. They're all in here, as well as discussions on films such as the seminal Slackers. To sum up, if you're interested in more than just special effects laden pulp when it comes to movies, buy this book.
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