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VideoHound's Independent Film Guide (2nd Edition)
By Monica Sullivan

For those who love independent movies, "VideoHound's Independent Film Guide" is an indispensable companion. This second edition, brimming with more than 1,000 reviews, including 200 new entries, points out hundreds of neglected and worthy gems that jaded movie viewers will want to seek out. More than 125 photos and 60 illuminating sidebars support the movie profiles. Each entry includes a no-holds-barred review by movie commentator Monica Sullivan, full credit information, and other pertinent details.

Dawn Song
By "Mad Professor" Mike Marano

For all you horror fans, a chilling novel by MMI's resident headbanger movie reviewer (cover Art by Cliff Nielsen).

"The falling snow, dropping from the darkened sky, reminded her ofthe steady rain of souls upon the plains of her homeland. Although, unlike the souls, the snow did not scream." When I read those lines (from Michael Marano's Dawn Song), I got up, turned on all the lights and checked the locks.

William Peter Blatty
Maya Deren and the American Avant-garde
Edited by Bill Nichols, with a chapter by Moira Sullivan

This volume grew out of a conference held in San Francisco in 1996: Maya Deren: Radical Aspiration. The title of this anthology sheds light on Deren's placement within the post-war US avant-garde film tradition. It is a collection of a multiplicity of methodologies and concerns which squelch the myths and legends concerning this creative filmmaker. The collection of writing will help the reader go beyond Meshes of the Afternoon into the magnificent world of Deren's theories and creations.

Recommended By The MMI Staff

Eliot Ness: The Real Story
By Paul W. Heimel
Harvey Keitel : The Art of Darkness
By Marshall Fine
Chronicle of the Cinema
By Robyn Karney (Editor)
Hurrell's Hollywood Portraits: The Chapman Collection
By Mark A. Vieira, George Hurrell
Hammer Films: An Exhaustive Filmography
By Tom Johnson, Deborah Del Vecchio
Mystery!: A Celebration: Stalking Public Television's Greatest Sleuths
By Ron Miller, P. D. James (Introduction), Edward Gorey
From Rags to Bitches: An Autobiography
By Blackwell, Mr. Blackwell, Vernon Patterson
Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing and Horror Cinema: A Filmography of Their 22 Collaborations
By Mark A. Miller
A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes: My Story
By Annette Funicello, Patricia Romanowski
Peter Cushing : The Gentle Man of Horror and His 91 Films
By Deborah Del Vecchio, Tom Johnson
Alternate Oscars
By Danny Peary
The Brief Madcap Life of Kay Kendall
By Eve Gordon
Dogme Uncut
By Jack Stevenson
Footsteps In The Fog: Alfred Hitchcock's San Francisco
By Jeff Kraft and Aaron Leventhal
The Lovely Bones
By Alice Sebold
The Nashville Chronicles: The Making of Robert Altman's Masterpiece
By Jan Stuart
Psychotronic Video Guide
By Michael Weldon
Rare Birds-An American Family
By Dan Bessie
Toxic Fame
By Joey Berlin