"CHARMING MUSICAL DRAMA HITS UNEXPECTED NOTES: An extremely engaging film showcased at this year’s Santa Barbara International Film Festival. 'The Independents' is a character drama with music (that) subverts all the cliches of the star-is-born story. Naughton deserves credit for an unconventional, sharply written script... proves there are plenty of offbeat ways to satisfy audiences without hewing to formula... Offscreen, Naughton, Rich Price & Brian Chartrand belong to singing group, The Sweet Remains, and although the film isn’t literally their story, it obviously has parallels... The film’s main virtue is the warmth it shows toward these three main characters and their sometimes desperate dreams... Also has a nice sense of atmosphere. New York locales and rural settings are equally well caught by cinematographer Piero Basso... Deserves to find an audience beyond the festival circuit."
-THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
“A charmingly hip new comedy-drama-musical… This cool little gem of a movie feels authentic in its humorous portrayal of life on the tattered edge of the independent music scene… Anyone in a band or who’s ever been in one will find things that ring hilariously and sometimes painfully true in 'The Independents.'”
-THE MARIN INDEPENDENT JOURNAL
"Pulsing with musical goodness, this engaging, offbeat film asks the age-old question: When do you hang up the guitar and become an adult?… An unexpected and hilarious road trip in search of fame and fortune. Filled with gorgeous tunes (and) delving into the emotional realities of all struggling musicians, this funny, feel-good flick captures what it means to be an artist at a crossroad."
-THE MILL VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL
Winner: "Best Feature Film - Grand Jury-Prize"
-THE OMAHA FILM FESTIVAL
“One of the more unique, original and authentic movies to cross our desk in some time… catch ‘The Independents’ before this film breaks out.”
-THE VERMONT INDEPENDENT
" 'The Independents' appeals to those who have ever been or wished to be a musician. It delves into the self-doubt and outside influences that hinder the art of making music and explores the relationships of the men in the band"
-THE BOZEMAN DAILY CHRONICLE
“An endearing tale that works even if you’ve never heard a single recording by the Sweet Remains. One reason is the affection and shared dream between the three main characters. There’s humor, but also genuine emotional resonance.”
-AZ CENTRAL (USA Today)