Wednesday 12 November 2008


I am excited to check out this documentary which is playing in Toronto this/next week! Maybe you are too?! It was directed by Eileen Yaghoobian and plays at The Royal Cinema on the following dates:

Friday November 14th @ 9:30pm
Saturday November 15th @ 2:30pm
Monday November 17th @ 9:15pm
Tuesday November 18th @ 9:15pm
Wednesday November 19th @ 7pm
Thursday November 20th @ 7pm

Died Young, Stayed Pretty
is a candid look at the underground poster culture in North America. This unique documentary examines the creative spirit that drives these indie graphic artists. They pick through the dregs of America’s schizophrenic culture and piece them back together. What you end up with is a caricature of the black and bloated heart that pulses greed through the US economy. The artists push further into the pulp to grab the attention of passersby, plastering art that’s both vulgar and intensely visceral onto the gnarled surfaces of the urban landscape. The film gives us intimate look at some of the giants of this modern subculture. Outside of their own circle, they’re virtually unknown. But within their ranks they make up an army of bareknuckle brawlers, publicly arguing the aesthetic merits of octopus imagery and hairy 70s porn stars. They’ve created their own visual language for describing the spotty underbelly of western civilization and they're not shy about throwing it in the face of polite society. Along the way, they manage to create posters that are strikingly obscene, unflinchingly blasphemous and often quite beautiful. Yaghoobian shows these artists for what they are: the vivisectionists of America’s morbidly obese consumer culture.

Link to the trailer HERE!

1 comment:

Unknown said...

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