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Jun 15

Beautiful Losers

Dir. Aaron Rose & Joshua Leonard USA 90 min Not Rated

2008 Oscilloscope Pictures


BEAUTIFUL LOSERS celebrates the spirit behind one of the most influential cultural moments of a generation. In the early 1990’s a loose-knit group of likeminded outsiders found common ground at a little NYC storefront gallery. Rooted in the do-it-yourself subcultures of skateboarding, surf, punk, hip hop, and graffiti, they made art that reflected the lifestyles they led. Developing their craft with almost no influence from the “establishment” art world, this group, and the subcultures they sprang from, have now become a movement that has been transforming pop culture. Starring a selection of artists who are considered leaders within this culture, BEAUTIFUL LOSERS speaks to what happens when the outside becomes “in” as it explores the creative ethos connecting these artists and today’s youth. Featuring Shepard Fairey, Harmony Korine, Barry McGee, Margaret Kilgallen, Ed Templeton, and others.

Presented in collaboration with The Kent Bellows Studio & Center for Visual Arts. Following the film will be a discussion on the value of the youth voice in our community, moderated by Hesse McGraw, Curator at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts. Panelists will include: artists Miss Cake and Watie White; Brigitte McQueen, Manager of the bemisUNDERGROUND; Rob Walters, director of the documentary Spend An Evening with Saddle Creek; and Hugo Zamorano, a student at The Kent Bellows Studio & Center for Visual Arts.

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