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HELLAWARE gently satirizes the world of highbrow art through the eyes of a wannabe photographer who becomes consumed by the bright lights of mainstream success. Jaded by the "incestuous, New York, socialite shit" that sells at prominent art galleries, Nate (Keith Poulson) embarks on a quest for a more authentic brand of contemporary art. When a coked-up YouTube search leads to a music video from Delawarean Goth rappers Young Torture Killers, an Insane Clown Posse knock-off, Nate knows he's found his subjects. He soon drags his friend-with-benefits Bernadette (Sophia Takal) to rural Delaware to shoot the group playing in their parents' basement. To "immerse himself" in the group's culture and add an extra layer of realism to his work, Nate befriends the rappers and makes return trips to get to know them. But as his relationship with group develops, he becomes increasingly aware that, while you can take the boy out of the art world, you can't take the art world out of the boy. A coming-of-age New York comedy in the class of modern indie darlings like TINY FURNITURE or FRANCES HA, HELLAWARE is written and directed by Michael Bilandic and made its world debut at BAM Cinemafest. (C) Factory25

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  • Bilandic does perfectly capture the laid-back style of the twentysomethings (the lead actors all do fine work) and manages to present a fresh story of callow youth caught up in their own American odyssey.

    Oct 30, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • [A] wry satire of millennial art-chic posturing.

    Oct 30, 2014 | Full Review…
  • A micro-budget indie best described as the cinematic equivalent of a modestly amusing shaggy-dog story that meanders toward a clever punchline.

    Sep 25, 2014 | Full Review…

    Joe Leydon

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  • The old story of art as a refuge for scoundrels and callow youth is amusing and updated with assorted details.

    Sep 25, 2014 | Full Review…
  • A very funny slice of art world satire, "Hellaware" will ring true for anyone who's encountered this kind of behavior before, and really, haven't we all?

    Sep 25, 2014 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • The film stays engaging as a quick-sketch study in artist-subject ethics, and how pretentious blather might easily become a form of doublespeak, a sort of theoretical smoke screen for blatantly me-first conduct.

    Sep 25, 2014 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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