Next Thursday, the Brooks is showing Beautiful Losers, a film about a group of artists that emerged in the 90s from the DIY youth subcultures of graffiti, punk, hip hop, and skateboarding. With little influence from the “establishment” art world, and this group has gone on to have a profound impact on pop culture.
Comprised of interviews with the artists considered leaders in the movement, Beautiful Losers examines what happens when the outside becomes “in” as it explores the creative ethos connecting these artists and today’s youth. Some of the artists involved include:
Harmony Korine – writer of Kids screenplay; writer/director of Julien donkey-boy
Barry McGee– graffiti artist, recently featured at the Venice Biennale
Mike Mills – directed music videos for Moby and Yoko Ono; designed album covers for Beastie Boys and Sonic Youth; also directed the film Thumbsucker
Geoff McFetridge – graphic designer for television (“Freaks and Geeks”), movies (the doodle titles for Sophia Coppola’s Virgin Suicides), and fashion (Marc Jacobs).
Here’s a film clip:
The film got a lot of attention after its world premiere at SXSW, and has gone on to win awards at several other festivals. The online movie magazine Film School Rejects wrote of it,
Deep down, everyone yearns to be a part of something bigger than themselves, something that is special for many people across the world. For a group of revolutionary artists, most of whom came together in the early to mid-1990’s, doing what they loved and saying “screw the rest” led them to lead a street-culture revolution that has effected modern American culture like few have before it. Aside from being a big part of the movement, Aaron Rose also chose to make a very engaging and colorful documentary, chronicling the rise of these “beautiful losers” as well as the bumps along the way.
The film Beautiful Losers will screen at the Brooks on Thursday, August 14 at 7:30pm. Come at 6:30 for a cash bar and graffiti party, where you can express yourself artistically by contributing to our DIY graffiti wall created by the Rozelle Artists Guild. The professional association for design AIGA will also be there with a table of design notebooks and other items for the creative spirit. Tickets are $4 for students, $5 for Brooks members, and $7 for non-members. Purchase online or at the door.