Well over a year after watching the taping in person, I finally got my copy of I Am Not A Hipster, a feature film starring some familiar faces in San Diego’s indie music scene. This movie isn’t a diatribe against use of the term hipster. In fact, it’s used sparingly if at all in the film.
What it is about is an up-and-coming indie singer/songwriter transplant from Ohio mourning the loss of his mother and how it has affected his art and relationships. Besides the familiarity I had with the scenery (San Diegans may recognize that The Casbah, Coronado Beach, San Diego Velodrome and the Habitat House are prominent filming locations) the story hit home for me as someone who has also lost a mother at a similar age. Despite how much I hated main character Brook’s attitude throughout the story, there is a forgiveness felt when his experiences help him grow closer to his family and friends. Also very interesting to me was how musician and pal Joel P West collaborated with lead actor Dominic Bogart to lend his character music for the film.
I’m no movie critic but I do recommend this movie to any indie music fan. You’ll see why it was chosen as a Sundance Festival official selection and a top ten pick by Rolling Stone. Check out the trailer below and if it’s piquing your interest, you can rent/purchase the film however you prefer here starting today.