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Brent Houzenga: Hybrid Pioneer (2010)

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A documentary about an Iowa artist who made his career from two antique photo albums that he found in the trash. It has been four years since he originally found the two photo albums and ... See full summary »

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Brent Houzenga ...
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Van Holmgren ...
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Chris Roberts ...
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Josh Boyd ...
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Sarah Battani ...
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Erin Bollman ...
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Patrick Boltinghouse ...
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John Busbee ...
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Barron Christian ...
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Gabriel Condor ...
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Mike Draper ...
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Roger D. Feldhans ...
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Carlos Garza ...
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A documentary about an Iowa artist who made his career from two antique photo albums that he found in the trash. It has been four years since he originally found the two photo albums and since then he has had featured exhibits around the country. This is the first film in the MADE IN IOWA documentary series. Written by Jack Weber

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He wanted to be a punk rock star, instead he became a punk rock artist


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6 November 2010 (USA)  »

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Although the film did not win the Spirit of DIY Grand Prix award, the judges voted it as the best foreign documentary in Poland. See more »

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Whenever there is a reflective surface, you will see the reflection of the red camera light. See more »

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Funk Jam
Performed by Me and My Army
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Illustrates the impact of a DIY lifestyle on community-building through art.
27 November 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Kristian Day's ambitious documentary film, HYBRID PIONEER, transcends its' initial goal of documenting one man's commitment to his artistic career (mixed media works and music) by exemplifying the power of the DIY (do-it-yourself) lifestyle/artstyle to build culture and community. Both the film maker and the subject of the film are impacting their Central Iowa community through art, art happenings, music, and film. Every character revealed during the film is committed to the same, driven by passion for subculture and artistic expression. There is a simple honesty that exists at the heart of this documentary that connects the viewer to the subject and to those who surround him. The DIY lifestyle is never glorified as THE choice, but as an essential choice for someone driven to create. For anyone looking for inspiration to make art happen, anywhere, by any means necessary, watching this film will leave you itchin' to return to your punk rock roots and to make it happen NOW. Celebrating the street team, slappin' stickers on the sides of everything, booking art shows alongside rock shows, taking art to the streets, and making it accessible is what the filmmaker and his subject are achieving. With some cool fast motion techniques and an inspired soundtrack this film has great pace and visual landscape. Artist Brent Houzenga, the film's subject, exists as testament to the idea that you must build your own scene. "The days of waiting to get discovered are over," he says, you need to "DIY or die." He's right on and so is Kristian Day's film HYBRID PIONEER.


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