Sunday, March 17, 2013

D.I.Y. or Die: How to Survive as an Independent Artist, by Michael W. Dean (2002)

D.I.Y. or Die (2002)
DVD-Rip | MKV | H264@1457 kbps | 608x432
29.970 fps | Audio: AC3@192 kbps | 55:48 | 659 Mb
Language: English | Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, German, Italian (srt)

In the minds of many people, the obvious goal of a person working within creative media - music, filmmaking, performance, writing, or visual art - is to align yourself with a major commercial entity who will bring your work to the public through the marketplace. But for a growing number of artists, though working outside the framework of the major entertainment corporations may present greater challenges, it also provides far greater freedom, as well as presenting fascinating opportunities and permitting a total creative control you can't always get working for a Fortune 500 firm.

Michael W. Dean's documentary D.I.Y. or Die: How to Survive as an Independent Artist is a fast-paced and idiosyncratic look at artists who have embraced the "D.I.Y." ("Do It Yourself") philosophy, ranging from musicians Mike Watt, Ian McKaye, and J.G. Thirlwell, filmmaker and photographer Richard Kern, cartoonist Keith Knight, author and performance artist Lydia Lunch, and transgressive circus artist Jim Rose to a number of little known sculptors, painters, and dancers who stubbornly hold on to their independence as a key to pure and honest expression.

For its release on home video, director Michael W. Dean took the unusual tack of demanding that D.I.Y. or Die: How to Survive as an Independent Artist be duplicated without any copy-protection codes, so that viewers can freely duplicate and pass his film (and its message) along to others, as long as they don't charge for the privilege.

D.I.Y. or Die: Extras
DVD-Rip | MKV | H264@1450 kbps | 608x432
29.970 fps | Audio: AC3@192 kbps | 759 Mb
Language: English | No subtitles

Ian MacKaye
Kevin Wengler
Li'l Mike Martzke
Liza Matlack
Lydia Lunch
Maggie Estep
Phil Sudo
Steve Albini
Full Mike Watt Interview (MP3)

Making Of DIY
Tour Movie
Tour Tips

Extras (2)

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