Synopsis by Josh Ralske
Chris Moore admits to Pete Jones that he's "very upset...at how poorly produced" Stolen Summer was. Jones doesn't take the comment well, and refuses to blame Jeff Balis or Pat Peach for the film's shortcomings. Moore explains that when it comes time to edit the film, "it's the world of taste," and this is borne out by several arguments between Jones, editor Gregg Featherman, the producers, and Jon Gordon of Miramax. Producers Matt Damon and Ben Affleck both compare parts of the film to the simplistic animated series Davey and Goliath. Jones decides that he needs to re-shoot some scenes, but Miramax won't spend any more money, and this time, he decides not to fight them. A disappointed Moore calls it "the moment when Pete Jones got studio." The film locks picture, although Jones expresses doubts about the finished product. Eventually, the film is accepted into the 2002 Sundance Film Festival, where a nervous Jones is relieved by the audience's positive response. When the screening is over, cast and crew (including former rivals like Peach and Balis) are seen celebrating and embracing. Affleck explains the dynamic -- "Movies are inherently like this. You have all these fights...you have big drama...then you've gone through all this together, so you're all sort of buddies at the end."