D.I.Y. or Die: How to Survive as an Independent Artist Poster

Release Date: 2002

DVD Release Date: January 28th, 2003

Not Yet Rated|55 min

Plot Summary
Documentary filmmaker Michael W. Dean talks to a generation of artists of various types who have gained critical -- and in several cases financial -- success by staying true to their own visions and refusing to be co-opted by the mass media. In long, detailed interviews with figures including 1980s underground shock filmmaker Richard Kern, author and spoken-word performer Beth Lisick and post-punk music icons Lydia Lunch and Ian Mackaye, Dean explores the necessity of self-reliance.

Cast: Lydia Lunch, Richard Kern, Ian MacKaye, Jim Rose, Mike Watt

Director: Michael Dean

Genres: Documentary

Keywords: Creative, Underdog, Fascinating, Quest, 2000s, Sacrifice