Justin Mitchell directed this well-made 1999 documentary about the current indie rock/alternative/punk scene (no one wants to settle on a term), with concert footage and interviews featuring the Peechees, the Make-Up, Some Velvet Sidewalk, Sleater-Kinney, and Further. Mitchell argues that we need an alternative to the mainstream music industry, though some of his interviewees are their own worst enemies—such as the insufferably smug Calvin Johnson of Dub Narcotic Sound System, who repeatedly suggests that artists like Patti Smith and the Sex Pistols who signed with major labels are beneath contempt while indie artists are automatically radical. Fortunately the film serves up a generous helping of live music, nicely captured by Mitchell’s fine black-and-white cinematography. The title expresses a kinship between the musicians’ uncompromising belief in artistic purity and the independent spirit of filmmaker John Cassavetes; ironically, Cassavetes acted in a number of schlocky Hollywood movies to finance his own work.