by Andrew Frisicano

Died Young, Stayed Pretty...
Died Young Stayed Pretty

Exploring the outer edges of design, this candid documentary delves into the underground world of indie rock posters, where outsider artists pick through the dregs of America's schizophrenic culture and piece them back together into arresting images. In posters for groups like Arcade Fire, Radiohead, Sonic Youth and more, these bareknuckle aesthetic brawlers publicly argue the merits of octopus imagery and hairy '70s porn stars with a visual language that's all their own-strikingly obscene, unflinchingly blasphemous and often quite beautiful.

Died Young, Stayed Pretty's NYC premiere is tonight (July 17th) at IFC Center, where it runs into the week. The 9:35pm screening will be "followed by a discussion with filmmaker Eileen Yaghoobian and design gurus Julie Lasky and Robert Newman." Yaghoobian will be doing Q&As at the film's 9:35pm showings through Wednesday, July 22nd.

For the premiere, there's an afterparty/concert at 92YTribeca with the classic-rock-styled BM Linx and Iranian rock band Hypernova.

While rock-show posters may not seem like the most engaging subject for a feature length film, the trailer really sells the idea of their weird, isolated subculture well. Check it out, with the schedule for showings in other cities, below...

Died Young, Stayed Pretty - Trailer 2

Died Young, Stayed Pretty screenings
IFC CENTER, New York Premiere!
Friday July 17-Thusday July 23rd
Filmmaker & Special Guests in Person Opening Weekend

Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival
Thursday, JULY 23
San Diego, CA

Grand Illusion Cinema Seattle, WA
Dates TBA

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Remis Auditorium)
July 30th - August 7th

Cinema 21 Theater Portland, OR
Wednesday, August 25th

Gallery Visio and UM - St. Louis AIGA
Wednesday, September 2nd

USC Roski School of Fine Arts
September

Denver Film Society at the Starz Film Center
September 17 - 24th

Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH
Wednesday September 23rd

Corcoran Gallery, Washington, DC
Thursday September 24rd

The Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque
Friday September 25th

The Dryden Theatre
George Eastman House
Monday, September 28th
Rochester, NY

Walker Art Center & Sound UnSeen
Thursday, October 1st

Flint Institute of Arts, Flint, MI
September

Institute of Contemporary Arts (London)
UK Release! October
London, UK