Breaking The Spell: A History Of Anarchist Filmmakers, Videotape Guerrillas, And Digital Ninjas by Chris RobéBreaking The Spell: A History Of Anarchist Filmmakers, Videotape Guerrillas, And Digital Ninjas by Chris Robé

Breaking The Spell: A History Of Anarchist Filmmakers, Videotape Guerrillas, And Digital Ninjas

byChris Robé

Paperback | May 1, 2017

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Breaking the Spell offers the first full-length study that charts the historical trajectory of anarchist-inflected video activism from the late 1960s to the present. Video plays an increasingly important role among activists in the growing global resistance against neoliberal capitalism. As a result, alternative media production becomes a central location where new collective forms of subjectivity can be created to challenge aspects of neoliberalism. Chris Robé's book fills in historical gaps by bringing to light unexplored video activist groups like the Cascadia Forest Defenders, eco-video activists from Eugene, Oregon; Mobile Voices, Latino day laborers harnessing cell phone technology to combat racism and police harassment in Los Angeles; and Outta Your Backpack Media, indigenous youth from the Southwest who use video to celebrate their culture and fight against marginalization. This groundbreaking study also deepens our understanding of more well-researched movements like AIDS video activism, Paper Tiger Television, and Indymedia by situating them within a longer history and wider context of radical video activism.
Chris Robé is an associate professor in Film and Media Studies at Florida Atlantic University. He has published essays on radical media in journals like Jump Cut, Rethinking Marxism, and Journal of Film and Video and written a monograph titled Left of Hollywood: Cinema, Modernism, and the Emergence of U.S. Radical Film Culture. He is a...
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Title:Breaking The Spell: A History Of Anarchist Filmmakers, Videotape Guerrillas, And Digital NinjasFormat:PaperbackDimensions:480 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.3 inPublished:May 1, 2017Publisher:PM PressLanguage:English

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"Breaking the Spell is a gift to anyone who makes or is interested in radical cinema. By examining the historical context in which the films were produced, by speaking to those making them, and by not pulling any punches in his criticisms of the ways they are made, Robé gives us detailed picture of those who came before us." —Franklin Lopez, Fifth Estate