I am Secretly an Important Man (2010)

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 … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Musical & Performing Arts, Special Interest
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All Critics (9) | Top Critics (7)

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

Full Review… | March 6, 2013
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic

By all accounts, this secretly important man was tough to live with, but not too hard to love or admire.

Full Review… | March 6, 2013
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.

Full Review… | April 4, 2011
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | April 4, 2011
New York Post
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Sillen finds nobility in the poet's ceaseless commitment to observation, self-examination, and what he called just plain "doing your job."

Full Review… | December 20, 2010
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.

Full Review… | December 17, 2010
New York Times
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