D.I.Y. or Die: How to Survive as an Independent Artist (2004)
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This is filled with artists who talk about how singular and unique they are but they all dress the same, live the same, and say the same thing through the whole flick. While it touted as having a wide variety of folks that made up the interviews they weren't. The quality of the filming and audio were all over the place and a lot of the time became distracting.
This was a watchable and mildly inspiring look at a few independent artists and their coping mechanisms for starvation. What is disappointing is that it didn't go beyond providing clips of a dozen interviews. A few, very brief tastes of artworks were displayed, but mostly we got philosophy from artists. Why not next interview an economist about physics, or a gardener about interior design? Fortunately, it is an even-handed perspective, but, unfortunately, the even-handedness clearly results from a lack of selectivity. Some of the artists were clearly hacks. A sampling: a punk rocker who sang out of tune, and a photographer who couldn't make money selling pictures of naked women. On the other hand, a few of them were quite good. Sadly, for most there was no sense of their artwork at all. The doc also suffered from a schizophrenic motivation. Was the point to inspire starving artists? To survey a few indies trying to make it? To compile a list of competing philosophies and attitudes regarding the creation of art? Or was it, as I suspect, to produce an hour of footage in the budget of the film's meager grant? This last would excuse its unexceptional quality somewhat.
The movie has good intentions but is rather on the dull side. There are interviews with fascinating people, some who have unfortunately already passed on (RIP). I think Ian Mckaye and Richard Kern have good amounts of screen time.
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