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I Am Not a Hipster
Directed by
Destin Daniel Cretton

USA / 2012 / 91

New York Premiere

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While this film’s title fits with the humorous portrayal of San Diego hipster culture, I Am Not a Hipster also serves as an engaging and thoughtful character study. Director Destin Daniel Cretton’s 2012 film tells the story of Brook Hyde, a 20-something up-and-coming musician within the San Diego indie underground. Hipster follows a week in Brook’s life as he struggles with familial reconciliation, his purpose as an artist, and the loneliness that hasn’t left him since the death of his mother.

The film features engaging performances by actors Dominic Bogart as Brook and Alvaro Orlando as his peppy manager/sidekick. The film’s soundtrack, written by Joel P. West and recorded in collaboration with Bogart under the name Canines, becomes a character unto itself with Bogart belting out tunes in several emotional live performances. Whether Brook Hyde is a hipster or not…that can be decided by the audience. -Chandra Knotts 

Destin Daniel Cretton’s fourth short film, Short Term 12, won the Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival in 2009. He wrote a feature screenplay of the same title and was one of five to win a 2010 Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowship from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. I Am Not a Hipster is Destin’s feature film directorial debut and premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012.
Cast/Featuring: Dominic Bogart, Alvaro Orlando, Tammy Minoff, Lauren Coleman, Kandis Erickson, Brad William Henke, Tania Verafield
Executive Producer(s): Fred Najor
Producer(s): Ron Najor, Destin Cretton
Director(s): Destin Daniel Cretton
Screenwriter(s): Destin Daniel Cretton
Cinematographer(s): Brett Pawlak
Editor(s): Destin Daniel Cretton
Composer(s)/Music: Joel P. West
Sound Designer(s): Onnalee Blank

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