Eventually, he was able to incorporate elements of both ideas into the final film, a story of an aspiring filmmaker (Josh Lathe) who sets out to remake “Clerks” in a wrongheaded effort to win back his selfish ex-girlfriend (Crystal Ecker). Nghiem cast himself in the role of the supportive friend who constantly questions the wisdom of the project.
Along with filming the movie in Oklahoma, Nghiem recruited local musicians such as Depth and Current, I and I, Grandpa Seth and his brother, David Nghiem, with whom he plays in the band The Nghiems, to cover songs from “Clerks.” The director didn't have time to get into the studio to cut a song for his own short film because he was too busy trying to finish it.
Although it took more than a year — rather than a week — to make “Clerks Too,” Nghiem is glad he finished the project. He is now writing an original screenplay and has learned from experience what will be involved with his next film project.
“It's been a weird year, man,” he said. “This has especially been kind of a fun, stressful but weird year for me.”