NW Film & Video Fest: Died Young, Stayed Pretty

I've been to hundreds of rock shows, but I've never attended a single one because of its poster. The poster artists in the documentary Died Young, Stayed Pretty are all too aware of this inefficacy: Their work promotes another form of art, and they're a tiny fringe of an already fringe culture. Director Eileen Yaghoobian ignores the functionality of their artwork and instead focuses on the artists as personalities. Some have plenty to say, and when Yaghoobian couples their ruminations with hundreds of shots of posters, it results in a dizzying worm-can of pop culture, literally overflowing with ideas and images. But the movie meanders, and we never really get the chance to see either how these truly offbeat artists work or what propels them.

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