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Beautiful Losers -- Filmmaker Aaron Rose celebrates the independent spirit of D.I.Y. (do-it-yourself) culture in this documentary detailing how a group of like-minded American artists emerged from the underground in the early 1990s.
Beautiful Losers -- This is the theatrical trailer for Beautiful Losers, a documentary by Aaron Rose.


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This documentary follows the lives and careers of a collective group of Do-it-yourself artists and designers who inadvertently affected the art world. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Thomas Campbell ... Himself

Shepard Fairey ... Himself
Jo Jackson ... Herself
Chris Johanson ... Himself
Margaret Kilgallen ... Herself

Harmony Korine ... Himself
Geoff McFetridge ... Himself
Barry McGee ... Himself

Mike Mills ... Himself
Stephen Powers II ... Himself
Claire E. Rojas ... Herself

Aaron Rose ... Himself
Deanna Templeton ... Herself
Ed Templeton ... Himself

Directed by
Aaron Rose 
Joshua Leonard (co-director)
Produced by
Ravi Anne .... executive producer
Jon Barlow .... producer
Adam Glickman .... co-producer
Chris Green .... producer
Noah Khoshbin .... producer
Richard Lim .... producer
Douglas Matejka .... production executive: Sidetrack Films
Jared Moshe .... executive producer
Arlo N. Rosner .... co-producer
Matthew Shattuck .... line producer
Christian Strike .... associate producer
Tobin Yelland .... co-producer
Original Music by
Money Mark 
Cinematography by
Tobin Yelland 
Film Editing by
Lenny Mesina 
Sound Department
Joel Dougherty .... sound editor
Joel Dougherty .... sound re-recording mixer
Tim LeBlanc .... sound re-recording mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Arlo N. Rosner .... additional cinematographer
Editorial Department
Jason Buim .... post-production coordinator
Sin-Halina Sy .... assistant editor
Amber Taylor .... Account Manager (The Post Group )
Fernando Villena .... supervising editor
Music Department
Money Mark .... musician
Nick Pavey .... music editor
Randall Poster .... music supervisor
Joe Rudge .... co-music supervisor
Sam Spiegel .... composer: additional music
Other crew
Joey Garfield .... director of special forces
Syd Garon .... title design
Seran Kim .... archival intern
Joseph Labisi .... additional photographic credit
Alex Stapleton .... archivist
Helen Stickler .... archival footage
Samuel D. Pollard .... special thanks

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8 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Slacker Art, 4 February 2010
Author: tedg ( from Virginia Beach

Here is a wonderful little niche genre.

Movies are essentially striving to art. Few qualify. Almost no one can manage the complex juggling act that it takes. It just involves too many people, too many risks, too many dependencies on happy accidents. But the fact that film CAN BE art is what underlies all film.

What if you cannot make a film that has artistic merit?

One solution is that you make a film about artists. The problem is that even if you branch away from film in search of a broader field, you run into the market effect. Art may exist all over, but unless if finds a hook that allows it to catch some market force to sweep it to you, you will never experience it.

That means that market forces co- create art, and more particularly the many souls making decisions that are abstracted into this "force." That is a nuanced way of saying that in some respect we are at the mercy of some group we may not like.

Here we are introduced to one of those groups. They believe themselves to be artists. Some critical mass of consumers buy the argument. One of them did the requisite dying for her art. All have suffered and sacrificed, as we see documented. I saw this intermingled with documentaries that exposed the corruption in how food is produced, how the food is literally killing us and what we made as this society. This fits, I believe.

The tinkering at the edge that these small souls do could never matter to me. But being exposed does. Because it is not about what you accept, but what you choose not to that matters.

So the film works on that level. And on another. Harmony Korine is one of this group, one who speaks engagingly. This is an unexpected and effective bridge between film and the sausage machine that makes film. It was welcome. I like this kid and his work. He wonders about geekiness, loneliness and technology the same way I did and possibly would even now. So there is a predetermined familiarity, an acceptance of soul when seeing him.

Didn't like his friends though.

Ted's Evaluation -- 3 of 3: Worth watching.

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