FilmStruck presents a Criterion Live! event celebrating the 20th anniversary of the groundbreaking independent film television series Split Screen.

Created and hosted by indie film pioneer and author John Pierson, Split Screen gave viewers an insider’s look at the world of independent film and the fringes of the cinema-loving community in the late 1990s, when Pierson and his band of cinephiles roved the U.S. seeking pockets of movie madness. With material ranging from intimate encounters with mavericks such as John Waters and Herschell Gordon Lewis, to the premiere of the first footage of what would become The Blair Witch Project, to the opening of the world’s most remote movie theater in Fiji, this irreverent and clever series was like nothing else on television at the time and remains a candid portrait of a turning point in American cinema.

Pierson will host an evening of clips and conversation with in-person appearances from Split Screen collaborators, including filmmakers Richard Linklater (Boyhood), Kevin Smith (Clerks), Miranda July (Me and You and Everyone We Know), Chris Smith (American Movie), Daniel Myrick (The Blair Witch Project), and surprise guests!

Split Screen is now available on the Criterion Channel on FilmStruck, along with the largest library of indie, arthouse and foreign films.  For more info, check out