Monday, 25 May 2009
first look: beautiful losers
"Beautiful Losers challenges and appreciates, is worthy and worthless; a piece of art in itself." - Mark Bell, Film Threat
As part of its First Look season this July, ACMI is screening the Australian Premiere of Aaron Rose's Beautiful Losers (2008).
Fresh from the International Film Festival circuit, including South By Southwest and Hot Docs, Beautiful Losers charts the rise and rise of a group of Independent New York artists - all self proclaimed 'outsiders' - who came together in the early 90s through director Aaron Rose's storefront gallery, 'Alleged'.
ACMI Film Curator Kristy Matheson says that, "for a time during the 90s it seemed as though you couldn't move (in a pop culture sense) without seeing, watching or being influenced by one or more of the artists that are featured in Beautiful Losers: these artists had such an incredible impact on what was happening in counter-culture, including record covers, film, fashion and the whole street skating explosion."
"This beautifully crafted documentary looks at how these independent artists became successful and eventually embraced by the mainstream, but it is also an inspiring film, offering a real DIY call to action to artists and non-artists alike."
Drawing inspiration from the rich sub-cultural veins of skateboarding, graffiti, surfing, hip hop and punk, some of the artists featured in the film include professional-skater-turned-artist Ed Templeton, agit-prop designer Shepard Fairey (Obey), San Franiscan folk artist Margaret Kilgallen, graffiti artist Barry McGee, childlike painter Chris Johanson, graphic designer and filmmaker Geoff McFetridge (Pepsi, Burton Snowboards and Nike advertisements), outre film director Harmony Korine (writer, Kids ; writer/director, Gummo), and graphic artist and director Mike Mills, most well known for his Beastie Boys, Beck and Sonic Youth album covers as well as his 2005 directorial debut Thumbsucker.
Director Aaron Rose explains what he wanted to achieve with Beautiful Losers: "I wanted this film to inspire people. Not just artists, but anyone who faces the questions of 'growing up' and the changes one goes through as this process takes place."
With a mostly original score by Beastie Boys Producer Money Mark, Beautiful Losers includes tracks by indie-rock, folk, hip hop and pop outfits such as Cat Power, Air, Tom Waits, Kurtis Blow, Squeaky Clean and Unsane. The soundtrack adds yet another layer to the film's investigation into the creative process.
This July don't miss the inspiring, independently-made documentary Beautiful Losers, part of the First Look program at ACMI. Screening details here
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