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A lot of people sidestep traditional methods when it comes to film-making, and even film releasing these days, but it takes a film with quality to truly buck the system and make it a viable option for future filmmakers.
This is that film.
Slacker did it in '91.
Head Trauma made some serious waves in '99
Four Eyed Monsters took a step in the right direction in '06.
But this is the first truly cinematic American Indie to make a serious case for maintaining creative control.
Worthy of the criterion treatment I'd say (heck, George Washington got one).
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