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Zeitgeist '23 for November: How New Line Cinema Changed the Movies with Dan Herbert

Posted November 7th 2023
Thursday, November 30, 2023
7:00pm PT

FREE online presentation

FREE online presentation
A lecture-discussion hosted by author Daniel Herbert

Founded in 1967 as a tiny distributor of art films to college campuses, New Line Cinema grew to become a film industry powerhouse that entered the new millennium with the billion-dollar Lord of the Rings franchise. This talk provides an overview of this maverick movie company and its zigzag history of huge achievements, massive setbacks, and crazy comebacks. Releasing films as diverse as Pink Flamingos, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday, and The Golden Compass, New Line Cinema offers a compelling case for understanding the weirdness of the modern movie business.

Daniel Herbert is a professor in the Department of Film, Television, and Media at the University of Michigan. He is the author of Maverick Movies: New Line Cinema and the Transformation of American Film, Videoland: Movie Culture at the American Video Store, and several other books about film and media culture.