“Raw . . . an outlaw movie about outlaw artists.” —National Public Radio
Exploring the outer edges of design, this candid documentary delves into the underground poster culture in North America, examining the creative spirit that drives outsider artists to pick through the dregs of America’s schizophrenic culture and piece them back together in arresting images. Eileen Yaghoobian’s formal training in filmmaking, 3-D animation, theater, and photography provides a foundation for this intimate look at some of the giants of this modern subculture, many of whom are virtually unknown outside of their own circle. In posters for groups such as Arcade Fire, Radiohead, and Sonic Youth, these aesthetic brawlers publicly argue the merits of octopus imagery, hairy ’70s porn stars, and the spotty underbelly of Western civilization with a visual language that’s all their own—strikingly obscene, blasphemous, and often quite beautiful—and they’re not shy about throwing it in the face of polite society.
Yaghoobian also focuses on Gigposters.com—a site that has become a key outlet for these artists—highlighting the almost unintentional sense of community that has grown up around this disparate band of renegades throughout the United States and Canada. In the process, questions arise about the fantasy and reality of the contemporary “underground.” Canada, 2008, 95 minutes. A Q & A with the director follows the screening. After party will be held at W Hotel. Copresented with the Sound Unseen Film Festival.