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Breakdance parties and performances by rappers featured in the ﬁlm were staged at a number of popular music clubs. More than 1,500 posters were displayed, especially in innercity neighbourhoods, while sound trucks toured distributing ﬂiers, badges and other materials on the opening night. Advertisements and ticket giveaways were also used on appropriate radio stations in New York and some other markets. ’44 A balancing act is often involved in the handling of ﬁlms with speciﬁc constituencies, as opposed to the more general art-ﬁlm audience.
Miramax and New Line retained some commitment to the more traditional notion of independent production and distribution, the latter in the form of the relatively modest operations of Fine Line. Miramax has faced regular criticism from smaller independents for ‘selling out’ and abandoning its origins or for distorting the marketplace. A substantial chunk of the commercial success of Miramax in the past decade has come through its genre-ﬁlm label, Dimension Films, created in 1992 and headed by Bob Weinstein, the lowerproﬁle of the Weinstein brothers.
The complete set of studio-owned ‘independent’ arms was completed in 2003 with the long-anticipated creation by Warner Bros. Entertainment of Warner Independent Pictures, with plans to produce or acquire between ﬁve and ten ﬁlms a year, and the launch of Dreamworks SKG’s speciality unit, Go Fish. Ownership by major studios gave former independents such as 41 42 AMERICAN INDEPENDENT CINEMA Miramax and New Line access to greatly increased ﬁnancial and institutional resources. It was the resulting inﬂux of capital that enabled New Line to increase its level of production and to play effectively in the world of Hollywood-scale blockbusters.
American independent cinema by Geoff King; Dawson Books