I am Secretly an Important Man

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'I Am Secretly an Important Man' is a portrait of writer and poet Steven J. Bernstein (aka Jesse Bernstein), one of Seattle's most celebrated and troubled voices. His angry, surprisingly fresh and lyrical writings are about sensitive souls, drifters and drug addicts; the people alienated by a society that refuses to understand them. Bernstein peels back the ugliness and the darkness of life on the fringe to expose tender and not so tender human feeling. His unique rhythms, filled with humor and pain, were especially exciting when read in his own gravely voice. Bernstein was an integral part of the legendary Seattle rock scene of the late 80's and early 90s, and in 1991 was dubbed the "Godfather of Grunge" by the British magazine THE INDEPENDENT. (c) FActory25

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Critic Reviews for I am Secretly an Important Man

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  • Peter Sillen, an indie documentarian with a flair for engaging stubborn, eccentric performers brings his compassionate eye to the life of another subculture hero.

    Mar 6, 2013 | Full Review…
  • By all accounts, this secretly important man was tough to live with, but not too hard to love or admire.

    Mar 6, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Eric Hynes

    Time Out
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  • Bernstein is made a complicated, even morbidly fascinating figure in a film that will have limited theatrical exposure but, like the director's earlier work, will likely enjoy a cultish afterlife.

    Apr 4, 2011

    John Anderson

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  • The film might suffice if you're looking for something to watch on cable TV some early morning. But it isn't worth the hassle and expense of going to a theater.

    Apr 4, 2011 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Sillen finds nobility in the poet's ceaseless commitment to observation, self-examination, and what he called just plain "doing your job."

    Dec 20, 2010 | Full Review…

    Ken Marks

    New Yorker
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  • While I Am Secretly an Important Man skims the surface of Mr. Bernstein's life, it's a surface with more than enough texture to keep you interested.

    Dec 17, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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