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Review: 'I Am Not A Hipster'

April 5, 2013 2:40 p.m.

KPBS film critic Beth Accomando reviews "I Am Not A Hipster."

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ANCHOR INTRO: The independent film “I Am Not A Hipster” was shot in San Diego, traveled to Sundance, and now returns home for a week run at the new Digital Gym Cinema. KPBS arts repoter Beth Accomando has this review.

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“I Am Not A Hipster” is an independent film set against the San Diego indie music scene. It was made by SDSU graduates Destin Cretton and Ron Najor, and premiered last January at Sundance. It’s proof that with a little ingenuity, some online fundraising, and a passion to create, you can make and distribute a movie. Cretton says it’s a film made by and for the arts community.

DESTIN CRETTON: The main character is a singer songwriter, he performs I think six live songs in the movie and so it’s a very music centric movie and we feature I think seven San Diego local bands in the movie as well.

CLIP Music

The film’s exquisitely shot, fluidly cut, and acted with a low key naturalism. It follows the main character through a week of his life when his sisters come to visit to spread their mom's ashes.

DESTIN CRETTON: You are thrown into the middle of the indie art scene in San Diego and the movie sort of evolves to a family drama that’s dealing with very universal themes of family, love, and loss, and how to deal with the loss of a loved one.

CLIP Look man if your mom died would you want to talk about it on some indie pop radio show?

“I Am Not A Hipster” unfolds with a relaxed sense of realism. It also shows that you can make a movie outside the studio system and succeed.

Beth Accomando, KPBS News.