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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 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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Official Sites:

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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

Gross USA:

$56,386

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$64,064
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Shepard Fairey: Freedom of the press is guaranteed to those who own one.
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28 December 2016 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

This documentary follows the lives and careers of a collective group of Do-it-yourself artists and designers who inadvertently affected the art world.

I am not sure what to make of this. I like some of the art, and it is interesting to see it getting the proper respect. Other than Shep Fairey, I had no idea who any of these people were. But I am also somewhat soured by the pretentious attitudes of some of them, thinking what they do is important. It probably isn't...

So, ultimately, what to make of this? It's not as grand or as timeless as "Exit Through the Gift Shop". I suppose the real test is time. Today (2016) may not be the best distance to view 2008. But by 2018, where will these artists be? Setting trends or in the dustbin?


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