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A look at the offerings from this year's DC Independent Film Festival.

11:00 PM, Mar 21, 2004 • By ERIN MONTGOMERY
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Allott is not the only one who has reflected on what the film festival could be if it only opened its doors to more diverse opinions. Mara Wallis of San Francisco wrote a letter to the editor of the film and video monthly magazine the Independent. The letter, which was printed in the September 2003 issue, reads, "It will be interesting to see the reception that the independent film crowd gives to a new batch of conservative student filmmakers who are making documentaries that are critical of their left-wing teachers, as well as other up-and-coming nonleftist filmmakers attempting to have their voices heard. Will these filmmakers be left out in the cold? Will film festivals accept their work?"

In the name of independent-thinking, let's hope the answer to that last question is yes.

Erin Montgomery is an editorial assistant at The Weekly Standard.