SCOTTSDALE, AZ–Independent filmmaker Craig Rivers, still financially dependent on his parents at 27, announced Monday the completion of his feature-length debut, the locally produced, parentally financed Far Above The Jiffy Lube, The Stars Of Phoenix Shine.
Independent filmmaker and dependent offspring Craig Rivers.
Shot on a tight budget of $75,000 of Marv and Elaine Rivers’ money, the film chronicles the lives and loves of a diverse group of white, post-collegiate twentysomethings in an affluent Phoenix suburb, exploring such subjects as relationships, personal identity, and the pressures of living with one’s parents.
Rivers, who calls Jiffy Lube “a groundbreaking portrait of a generation driven mad by alienation and boredom,” attributes his success to his perseverance, his unswerving artistic purity, and the fact that his parents pay for his rent, health insurance, and groceries. But despite the creative control Rivers enjoys by being “unfettered by the stranglehold of the mainstream studio system,” he said there were times when he had to fight to preserve the integrity of his personal vision.
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