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I am Secretly an Important Man2010

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I AM SECRETLY AN IMPORTANT MAN is a portrait of writer and poet Steven J. Bernstein (aka Jesse Bernstein), one of Seattle's most celebrated and troubled voices. His angry, surprisingly fresh and lyrical writings are about sensitive souls, drifters and drug addicts; the people alienated by a society that refuses to understand them. Bernstein peels back the ugliness and the darkness of life on the fringe to expose tender and not so tender human feeling. His unique rhythms, filled with humor and pain, were especially exciting when read in his own gravely voice. Bernstein was an integral part of the legendary Seattle rock scene of the late 80's and early 90s, and in 1991 was dubbed the "Godfather of Grunge" by the British magazine THE INDEPENDENT.

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"...from another time and place, evoking Allen Ginsberg, Tom Waits and, in [his work's] calmer moments, Spalding Gray. Although none of them, presumably, performed with live mice in their mouths..." - Mike Hale, NYT


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I learned absolutely nothing worth remembering. This is just another one of a million docs about a mentally ill artist that one or two people knew and decided to try to turn him into a legend, altho, I actually think it is more likely that someone is using this film about a rather pathetic figure to make their own youth seem more worthwhile than it actually was.

Me too.