Searching for a Slam Dunk: Marketing <i>Memento</i>

Claire Molloy

in Memento

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9780748637713
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671007 | DOI:
Searching for a Slam Dunk: Marketing Memento

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This chapter explores the aspects of Memento's marketing in both the US and UK to assure what signifiers of independence were used, particularly in early print advertisements. Marketing independent films required ingenuity to reap the largest rewards from a small budget. The marketing of independent film developed a public discourse of independence. While the older, upscale educated consumer had resonance for the marketing of certain independent products, the strategies employed for Menace II Society, Like Water for Chocolate and Memento recognised other social identities. Memento's platform release broadly followed the independent release patterns for indie films on the art-house circuit. Its crossover success was also due to the targeting of a young college audience and its strategic placement in cinemas close to large campuses. Its marketing strategy also concentrated on the complex plot.

Keywords: marketing; Memento; US; UK; independence; independent films; indie films

Chapter.  7823 words. 

Subjects: Film

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