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Died Young Stayed Pretty - A Movie About Rock Posters

Posted by Sarah / August 28, 2008

Died Young Stayed PrettyEver been struck by one of these fantastic works of art pinned up on telephone poles while walking around the Mile End? I've always been intrigued to see who are the people who put so much effort into creating something so beautiful yet so ephemeral for the sole purpose of advertising a Rock show. Sure, it's the case for most advertisement out there, all ads die eventually, but more and more, you'll see hand-made works of art being collaged or silk screened by local artists expressing visuals that are surprising and striking enough to make you stop and look to see who's the band that's behind that poster.

Like I said, I've always been intrigued by the posters that show a bit more thought and human process than most ads you see out there, which is a reason I was extremely interested in watching the movie directed by Eileen Yaghoobian, Died Young Stayed Pretty to find out more about this art form. The movie premiers tomorrow at the Festival des Films du Monde.

Postering for Rock shows basically began with the early days of Punk music and hence, in its very roots, it's the rebel child of the ones who like to shock in a creative way and the ones who like to Rock. Though the practice has been controversial (often banned, even more often defaced), it has found a way to spread in the world of Underground Rock, through all genres and styles, for the last few decades.

Artists can be sketchy people (no pun intended), and the movie certainly reflected that reality on more than one level. The thoughts expressed in the film are often non-linear, outside of the box, even disconnected as one jumps to the other, and the movie, like the ideas presented, is laid out as such. You'll see a lot of images of posters and hear a lot of personal thoughts from the people who make the posters, but nothing about this is presented in a straight-up interview style. I'd describe this movie as a being really good friends with silk screeners and poster makers for an hour and a half. Personally, I enjoy going off and letting myself being carried by an unsteady flow of thoughts, but you should be warned that it's not always easy to follow the fragment of these imaginative minds.The presentation is choppy and put together in a very artsy manner, sort of reminding me of a movie version of the collages.

What I really enjoyed about this though is that this documentary doesn't pretend to lay out the entire history of posters in the standard, sterile form that documentaries tend to take. They touch different facets surrounding the subject without necessarily presenting it as a clear issue or spending too much time on one subject in particular. This creates a very spacious and free type of film in which there's room for a lot of ideas and thoughts for which there wouldn't be room in a more standard form. The people who made the movie chose artist from all over North America to be interviewed in the film; artists who use different techniques (i.e. silkscreening, collage, stamps, etc.) and who live their art through a palette of very different realities. This makes for a very flavorful and interesting mix of artistic insights about the world of Rock posters. If you're intrigued by the colorful and zany form of art, go see it, it's worth your while for sure.

Show times are Friday, August 29, 2008 @ 7PM, Saturday, August 30, 2008 @ 1PM, and Sunday, August 31, 2008 @ 5PM, all of which are presented at Cinéma ONF/NFB

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