Amazon Goes To the Movies

Let's say you sank every cent you had, or maybe didn't have, into making a movie, a funny, feature-length film. Somehow, you were able to talk Teri Garr, Al Franken, Bob Balaban and Roy Scheider into acting in it. And let's say that the movie made the circuit of independent film festivals in 1998, and won a couple of Best Picture-type awards. You'd expect that one of the studios would pick up your masterpiece and distribute it, right?

That's yet to happen for New York City filmmakers Sam Sokolow and Rob Lobl, who--until last week, at least--lived in that peculiar purgatory...

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