• I Am Secretly an Important Man

    2010. USA. Peter Sillen. 85 min.

Introduced by Sillen

Saturday, May 15, 2010, 7:30 p.m.

Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2

  • I Am Secretly an Important Man

    2010. USA. Directed by Peter Sillen. Sillen's documentary portrait of the guru of grunge, Steven (Jesse) Bernstein, undulates like a spoken-word performance. Known in the Seattle art and music scene as one of the most influential voices of the late twentieth century, Bernstein was a poet and performance artist who recorded with Sub Pop Records and inspired Kurt Cobain, Oliver Stone, and many other writers, filmmakers, and grunge and punk musicians. Bernstein performed stories and songs about society’s fringes—angry, tender, and sometimes corrosively humorous portraits of drifters, junkies, and ex-cons. He committed suicide in 1991. Sillen’s uncommonly sensitive and poignant new documentary features rare interviews and performance footage—Bernstein’s gravelly, incantatory voice is unforgettable—and forms a kind of loose trilogy with his earlier documentary portraits, Speed Racer: Welcome to the World of Vic Chesnutt (1994) and Benjamin Smoke (2000, codirected with Jem Cohen). New York premiere. 85 min.

In the Film exhibition Creative Capital

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