Beautiful Losers

Skateboarding, graffiti and street art, art rock and avant-garde filmmaking collide in this doc that looks at the ragtag bunch of punks and weirdoes—probably most succinctly labelled nowadays simply as ‘hipsters’—who congregated around various American art scenes in the 1990s. Among those profiled are Mike Mills, Spike Jonze, Harmony Korine, Ed Templeton, Margaret Kilagen and Shepard Fairey—the last of whom rose to prominence recently with his Socio-Realist “hope” poster design for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign. But, more than just a cinematic peek at those artists’ work, this is practically a manifesto for the DIY movement; it celebrates the unusual, idiosyncratic and just plain weird in everything from fashion to literature, music and cinema, from R. Crumb to David Foster Wallace, Chuck Palahniuk, Bret Easton Ellis, Jay McInerney, Vincent Gallo, David Gordon Green, Richard Linklater, Dave Eggers, Noah Baumbach and Wes Anderson—not to mention pretty much every band that’s spilled out of Brooklyn over the past seven or eight years. Behold our Beat Generation.

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