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The spaces between grassroots documentary distribution and exhibition as counterpublics

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The spaces between grassroots documentary distribution and exhibition as counterpublics

Winton, Ezra (2007) The spaces between grassroots documentary distribution and exhibition as counterpublics. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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Documentary cinema has emerged as an important focus for research into popular culture, marginalized narratives, and democratic media. However, academic work on the genre has been narrowly focused on audience consumption habits, aesthetic or textual analyses of individual works, and cultural analyses of the intersection of documentary and mainstream commercial cinema sites and practices. This thesis is an attempt to bridge a research gap by interrogating extra-textual elements around the grassroots distribution and exhibition of documentary cinema in Canada. By linking the concepts of cultural hegemony, counterpublics and agonostic pluralism with community-oriented practices around documentary distribution and exhibition, this thesis urges a closer look at the spaces between box office numbers, high profile documentaries, and megaplexes. Springboarding from disparate literature, the thesis builds a conceptual framework around power and community, and uses firsthand interviews with filmmakers, promoters, exhibitors and distributors to tease out the relationship between documentary cinema and counterpublics in Canada.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Communication Studies
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Winton, Ezra
Pagination:v, 148 leaves : ill. ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Communication Studies
Date:2007
Thesis Supervisor(s):Acland, Charles
ID Code:975792
Deposited By: Concordia University Library
Deposited On:22 Jan 2013 16:14
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:41
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