Beautiful Losers


Part of our “New U.S. Indies and World Cinema” program.

Director: Aaron Rose
Co-Director: Joshua Leonard
Country: U.S. (2008)
Language: English
Running Time: 91 minutes
Screening: Saturday, March 28, 2009, 3:00 p.m.

In the early 1990s, a loose-knit group of likeminded outsiders found common ground at a little storefront gallery in New York City. Rooted in the do-it-yourself (DIY) subculture of skateboarding, surfing, 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 its members sprang from, started a movement that has transformed pop culture.

Beautiful Losers, celebrating the spirit behind one of the most influential cultural moments of a generation, is a fascinating documentary that speaks to what happens when the outside becomes “in.” Featuring artists Aaron Rose, Barry McGee, Chris Johnson, Ed Templeton, Geoff McFetridge, Harmony Korine, Jo Jackson, Margaret Killgallen, Mike Mills, Deanna Templeton, Stephen Powers, Thomas Campbell, Cheryl Dunn, and graphic artist Shepard Fairey, creator of the iconic “Hope” Obama presidential election poster.

See a preview of Beautiful Losers.