Morty Fineman (Jerry Stiller) is an independent schlock film producer-star-director with a problem. Hes broke, and he cant finance his new film about a singing serial killer. The bank offers to buy his film library (a whopping 427 films!) but theyre only willing to pay him $8 a pound. Weve weighed them, the bankers tell him, and its an impressive body of work. Fineman enlists the aid of his estranged daughter, Pamona (Janeane Garofalo) and his long-time assistant Ivan (Max Perlich). They try to rekindle interest in his films by getting Fineman a retrospective at the High Desert Film Festival in the remote town of Chaparral, Nevada, a haven for legal prostitution. Stephen Kessler co-wrote and directed THE INDEPENDENT, a hilarious but affectionate homage to B-movie visionaries like Roger Corman, Russ Meyer, and Herschell Gordon Lewis. The consistently funny film includes appearances by Ben Stiller, Andy Dick, Jonathan Katz, porn star Ginger Lynn Allen, and rock legend John Lydon. There are also cameos by Hollywood luminaries like Ron Howard and Peter Bogdanovich (who sing Mortys praises), but the comedic highlights are the clips of Finemans hysterically awful films, including such wonders as The Foxy Chocolate Robot and Bald Justice.
Release Date: 14 October 2002
Certificate: 12 - Suitable for Persons Aged 12 or Over
Main Language: English