Yes, folks, from time to time we're going to promote a book on Cinematical -- which means you'd actually have to read something -- but trust us when we say it's good for ya, like eating vegetables or running naked through Banana Republic. Cinematical reader (and author) Clive Young pointed us toward his new book Homemade Hollywood: Fans Behind the Camera, which is all about you crazy movie geeks out there who spend tons of money on your own fan films, from what they looked like back in the 1920s all the way up to the current YouTube generation.

From the press release: "Who would swing off a six-story building for a homemade Spider-Man movie? Why would newlyweds with a baby spend $20,000 on a Star Wars film from which they can never profit? How did three nobodies blow Steven Spielberg's mind with an Indiana Jones flick they made as teens in the Eighties? They're all part of the Fan Film revolution--an underground movement where amateur filmmakers are creating illegal movies starring world-famous characters, from Batman to Captain Kirk to Harry Potter.

Homemade Hollywood: Fans Behind The Camera follows their stories and more as it traces fan films from the 1920s – when con men made fake Little Rascals movies – to the YouTube videos of today. Regular people are using camcorders, computers and classic characters to make movies that fans want to see – and which lawyers, copyrights and common sense would never allow."

Homemade Hollywood: Fans Behind the Camera is currently available on Amazon for $13.57, so pick it up and let us know what you think.
categories Features, Cinematical