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Beautiful Losers (2008)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Music | 2 August 2008 (Japan)
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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.

Directors:

Aaron Rose, Joshua Leonard (co-director)

Writer:

Arty Nelson
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Cast

Credited cast:
Thomas Campbell Thomas Campbell ... Himself
Shepard Fairey ... Himself
Jo Jackson Jo Jackson ... Herself
Chris Johanson Chris Johanson ... Himself
Margaret Kilgallen Margaret Kilgallen ... Herself
Harmony Korine ... Himself
Geoff McFetridge Geoff McFetridge ... Himself
Barry McGee Barry McGee ... Himself
Mike Mills ... Himself
Stephen Powers II Stephen Powers II ... Himself
Claire E. Rojas Claire E. Rojas ... Herself
Aaron Rose ... Himself
Deanna Templeton Deanna Templeton ... Herself
Ed Templeton Ed Templeton ... Himself
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The greatest cultural accomplishments in history have never been the result of the brainstorms of marketing men, corporate focus groups, or any homogenized methods; they have always happened organically. More often than not, these manifestations have been the result of a few like-minded people coming together to create something new and original for no other purposethan a common love of doing it. In the 1990s, a loose-knit group of American artists and creators, many just out of their teens, began their careers in just such a way. Influenced by the popular underground youth subcultures of the day, such as skateboarding, graffiti, street fashion and independent music, artists like Shepard Fairey, Mark Gonzales, Spike Jonze, Margaret Kilgallen, Mike Mills, Barry McGee, Phil Frost, Chris Johanson, Harmony Korine, and Ed Templeton began to create art that reflected the lifestyles they led. Many had no formal training and almost no conception of the inner workings of the art world. They ... Written by Anonymous

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Make Something From Nothing

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 August 2008 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Прекрасные неудачники See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,607, 10 August 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$56,386, 21 September 2008
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Shepard Fairey: Freedom of the press is guaranteed to those who own one.
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Hard Ass
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Now I live in a house in the burbs...
17 August 2011 | by Clark RichardsSee all my reviews

I can't recommend this film nearly as much as I could recommend Waste Land or Exit Through the Gift Shop, but Beautiful Losers does occasionally have it's moments of merit. The running story of support that each member of this wide artistic circle should be commended. Without the constant support system, this sliver of the art world would have come and gone without much notice at all.

But really, that's mostly what I enjoyed about this film. I don't really care about self aggrandizement on such a large scale, especially when the people in question are ( with the exception of one artist) still very much alive and still very, very young. Most of the artists in the film are approaching their forties.

These artists are also very lucky to be alive at this time. It appears that everyone was filming themselves, even before making their own art scene, so this documentary is rife with footage of every artist from young kids to adults dressed up as kids.

Ho-hum...there's better films about artists and their respective scenes.


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