The mid-nineties was a huge time for independent film. With Pulp Fiction gaining commercial success and Clerks maximizing micro-budget efficiency, it was definitely the beginning of a new era. Many directors that are big names today started to get noticed for some very important films between 1994 and 1996. Wes Anderson, Bryan Singer, Paul Thomas Anderson, David Fincher, Richard Linklater, and Jon Favreau were all introduced to me, and most of the world, around this time. James Mottram wrote a great book called The Sundance Kids: How the Mavericks Took Back Hollywood, about this very influential era in cinematic history.
I have always loved Clerks. I found this set at a pawn shop, still sealed! For four bucks, it was a great find for me.