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There have been plenty of history books written about independent film, but few take the expansive, international view of journalist and critic David Spaner in his new book Shoot It!
Indie Wire

A compulsively readable, well-researched book that explores many aspects of Hollywood history and how it has related to independent film ... For people interested in film history and its intersection with politics, it's a must read.
Edward Copeland on Film

Author and film critic David Spaner has crafted an engaging, comprehensive history of the highs and lows of independent film, with special attention paid to how it’s interacted over the years with its big brother (or evil twin, depending on how you look at it) the studio system ... Shoot It! is a great resource for people who A) want a general historical overview on independent film and the studio system, or B) already have that general overview and are looking for some new moviemakers or films to explore. The wealth of quotes included in Spaner’s book are from directors, actors, producers and writers who range across decades and continents both; among the dozens of moviemakers Spaner interviewed are Mike Leigh, Gus Van Sant, Miranda July, Park Chan-Wook, Rebel Without a Cause writer Stewart Stern and blacklisted screenwriter Norma Barzman. Their insight, combined with Spaner’s historical overview, proves that the history of independent film can be just as interesting as the films themselves.

Shoot It! tells a fascinating story about the evolution of the Hollywood studio system from its early days in California, where it grew and soon supplanted the French film industry as the dominant international player.
Vancouver Sun


David Spaner appeared on Shaw TV's Studio 4 where he discussed Shoot It! with host Fanny Kiefer and gave his 2012 Oscar picks (he got 5 out of 6 correct!).

The interview is archived in two parts. View part 1 here, and part 2 here
Original air date February 24, 2012.


In a Shelf Awareness op-ed (published on February 21, 2012) David Spaner discusses the independent film The Artist (now winner of Best Actor, Best Director, and Best Picture at the Academy Awards) and the use of silence in modern cinema.  What does it mean for a silent film to win best picture in 2012?  Read David's thoughts here.

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