Unless you’ve been living under a rock you’ve probably heard something about the Beautiful Losers project. What started as a traveling exhibition turned into a book and then pieces of footage from all over were loving collected and crafted into a film of the same name by artist and filmmaker, Aaron Rose. Rose began documenting artists at his Alleged gallery in the Lower East Side of manhattan in the early ‘90s and that documentation is the backbone of this film.
We will be interviewing one or more of the artists next week - To WIN your very own copy of the BL doc on DVD, send us questions to ask Ed Templeton - we will ask pose a list of the top 20 questions and will credit you for asking the question. Think of it as your very own personal chat with mr Templeton! Send an email to with your suggested question and 10 winners will be chosen at random to win 1 of 10 signed DVD’s.
Here’s the full press release from Oscilloscope, the distribution company (owned by MCA) who is releasing the DVD.
“ New York (December 1, 2009) — Oscilloscope Laboratories is proud to announce the December 8, 2009 DVD release of Beautiful Losers, Aaron Rose’s celebration of one of the most influential cultural movements of a generation.
Featuring Shepard Fairey (Obey founder and creator of the Barack Obama “Hope” poster),
award-winning pro skater Ed Templeton, Harmony Korine (writer of the cult favorite Kids and director of Gummo and
Mister Lonely), and Mike Mills (director of Thumbsucker and designer of album covers for Beck, Beastie Boys, Sonic Youth and more). The film also stars Barry McGee, Chris Johanson, Geoff McFetridge, Jo Jackson,
Margaret Kilgallen, Stephen Posers, and Thomas Campbell. Based on the acclaimed art book “Beautiful Losers” by writer/director Aaron Rose, the film bowed theatrically on August 8, 2008 via Arthouse Films.
In the early 1990s a loose-knit group of like-minded 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 from which they have sprung, created a movement that is transforming pop culture.
For more information, please visit: http://www.beautifullosers.com
BEAUTIFUL LOSERS (DVD)
A Sidetrack Films Production
Street Date: December 8, 2009
Pre-Order: November 3, 2009
Run time: 90 minutes Rating: Not Rated
DVD Sound: 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround Sound
Blu-Ray Sound: DTS HD Master Audio 5.1/Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
DVD SRP: $29.99
DVD Bonus Features:
Clips from nationwide BEAUTIFUL LOSERS DIY Art Workshops:
“Sneaker Design” with Jesse Leyva, “Making Music” with Money Mark, “Poster Art” with Mike Mills, “Editing Video” with Lenny Mesina, “Paint a Deck” with Ed Templeton, “Find Art” with Jesse Spears, “Make a Zine” with Aaron Rose, “Character Design” with Kaws, and “Cinematography” with Tobin Yelland.
About Oscilloscope Laboratories
Oscilloscope Laboratories is a film production and theatrical distribution entity launched in 2008 by Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys. Yauch modeled the company after the indie record labels he grew up around, choosing films and then marketing them with the same artistic integrity with which they were made. The company, which is an extension of Yauch’s recording studio of the same name, has an in-house DVD distribution and production arm, and the paper packaging is reminiscent of the heyday of LP record jackets. All of the company’s DVD packaging is (free of any plastic) printed on FSC Certified 80% post-consumer waste paper and produced in a carbon neutral, hydroelectric facility. Other Oscilloscope theatrical releases include Yauch’s GUNNIN’ FOR THAT #1 SPOT, Irena Salina’s FLOW, Caroline Suh’s FRONTRUNNERS, Kurt Kuenne’s DEAR ZACHARY, Kelly Reichardt’s WENDY AND LUCY starring Michelle Williams, So Yong Kim’s TREELESS MOUNTAIN, the Academy-Award® nominated THE GARDEN from Scott Hamilton Kennedy, Anders Østergaard’s multi award-winning BURMA VJ, Nati Baratz’s UNMISTAKEN CHILD, and Laura Gabbert and Justin Schein’s NO IMPACT MAN. Upcoming releases include Oren Moverman’s directorial debut THE MESSENGER, Lance Daly’s award-winning Irish film KISSES, the re-release of Jules Dassin’s classic THE LAW, Gabriel Medina’s offbeat comedy THE PARANOIDS, and Michel Gondry’s personal family documentary THE THORN IN THE HEART.