Little Hollywoods

The Cultural Impacts of Runaway Film Production

Authored by: Vicki Mayer

The Routledge Companion to Global Popular Culture

Print publication date:  December  2014
Online publication date:  December  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415641470
eBook ISBN: 9780203081846
Adobe ISBN: 9781136175961

10.4324/9780203081846.ch34

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Abstract

Speaking of a year of financial turmoil and governmental gridlock, U.S. President Barack Obama called Hollywood the bright spot of the U.S. economy in 2013. Not only were exports up, he explained, but in the film industry “no matter where you come from . . . you should be able to make it.” This American Dream “is one that Hollywood has glorified and held up, but I actually think it’s true” (Wheaton 2013), he said, fusing the industry, its physical hub, and its guiding myth. Standing in the DreamWorks studio in Los Angeles, Obama paid tribute to the industry’s core, but not its peripheries.

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