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'Suddenly it became clear that I had done everything I was supposed to, but nothing I really wanted to."

At the beginning of his documentary, Everyone But You, that's how Eric Shiveley explains his decision to leave his house, his job and his life in Denver to pursue his dream of making music full-time.

A similar spirit has fueled the countless hours of work logged by Jim Turner and Matt Stevens, who boldly decided last summer to put together a local film festival with little money, little support and no blueprint.

This weekend, when Shiveley's film kicks off the inaugural Indie Spirit Film Festival, both achievements will stand as testaments to what you can do with a little creativity and a lot of guts.

So if you had planned to do what you were "supposed" to do this weekend, I suggest you leave those weeds in the garden, that laundry in the basket and those dust bunnies under the bed.

Instead, head to the festival (after you read all about it in the cover story package). It promises three days' and 80-plus films' worth of thought-provoking, dream-inspiring, laugh-inducing fun.

Come on ... you know you really "want" to.

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