I Am Not a Hipster (2012)

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I Am Not a Hipster: Directed by Destin Daniel Cretton. With Dominic Bogart, Alvaro Orlando, Tammy Minoff, Lauren Coleman. Based in San Diego’s indie music and art scene, exploring what it means to be creative in the face of tragedy.

“Writer/Director Destin Daniel Cretton won the Jury Prize at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival for his short film Short Term 12. This year heu0026#39;s back with an incredibly moving debut feature entitled I AM NOT A HIPSTER. This film is a quasi-musical with an existential core. Brook is a young singer/songwriter who has become a local legend in the San Diego indie scene after releasing his debut album. The problem is he wants nothing to do with it, becoming a well renowned artist was never part of his plan. For him music is essentially a means of therapy. Music is the channel though which Brook coups with the crisis he faces in his life, namely the death of his mother. He maintains himself isolated from most of his peers through his aggressive and egotistic attitude which pretty much guarantees to destroy his own career. Even his best friend Clark will end a phone call with a hilarious u0026quot;I love you!u0026quot; but Brook does not reciprocate.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eHope arrives in the form of Brookeu0026#39;s three sisters. Their joyful and exuberant spirits are the remedy to his bitterness and apathy. Cretton does an excellent job at allowing for these characters to interact with effortless fluidity. It is through the interactions with his sisters that the audience can peel back on the layers of Brookeu0026#39;s grief. The death of his mother and his sort of newly found fame leads Brook to question the very meaning of life and art. He spends his time looking at u0026quot;Youtubeu0026quot; videos of the Tsunami in Japan, which lead him to tears. When one of his sisters asks whatu0026#39;s the matter he sobs and says: u0026quot;I just realized how f*** lonely I amu0026quot;. Brooke slowly begins to discover that the very thing he has isolated himself from is the very thing he needs; community. And it is through music that he begins to find redemption.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eThe film does an excellent job a peering into the soul of an artist and his work. We see Brooke laying down some tracks on his computer one by one. First weu0026#39;ll see some sleigh bells, then some drum toms, then an acoustic guitar riff, then some u0026quot;Whooaaau0026quot;. Without the context of the complete song these recordings make no sense. We have no idea what the author, Brook, is up to. But, when the audience finally listens to the finished song we can enjoy it. The completed piece is even greater than the sum of its parts. And so this is what I AM A NOT HIPSTER is about. Sometimes we go through life and experience things that donu0026#39;t make sense, no rhyme, no reason. We trust that eventually all the song parts; our friends, our family, our mistakes, our fame, and our art will come together and the song weu0026#39;ll here in the end will blow our minds.”


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