The 10 Best Music Films at Sundance 2012This year's slate includes a documentary about LCD Soundsystem and a new film by Spike Lee
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'I Am Not a Hipster'
Destin Cretton, the writer and director of this portrait of a singer/songwriter in San Diego's bubble-of-an-indie-music community, can’t tell you what a hipster is – he’s aware it shows up in the title of his film. “It's a very confusing term,” he says. "I honestly don't fully know what it means." I Am Not A Hipster, aided by a full-length album of original songs by San Diego musician Joel P. West – all of which are performed onscreen by lead actor Dominic Bogart – is not an exploration of hipster culture. Rather, it's the culmination of Cretton's dream to "write a project that incorporates character-driven acting with good music." Bogart, whom Cretton discovered while the actor was performing in Chicago's edition of Jersey Boys, learned to play and sing all of West's music for the film, which is available online.