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Film Grad Heads to Sundance

Destin Daniel Cretton's latest movie will premiere at the independent film festival in 2012.
Destin Daniel Cretton
Destin Daniel Cretton

Aztec filmmaker Destin Daniel Cretton has been invited to premiere his latest work at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, the largest independent film festival in the country and among the most prestigious.

“I AM NOT A HIPSTER" will be screened in the out-of-competition NEXT <=> section of the festival. Films in this section are described by Sundance as “pure, bold works by promising filmmakers distinguished by an innovative, forward-thinking approach to storytelling.”

A film about San Diego

Based in San Diego’s indie music and art scene, “I AM NOT A HIPSTER” explores what it means to be creative in the face of tragedy.

“I can't say thank you enough to all the talented people in San Diego and SDSU who helped to make this movie possible,” Cretton said. “I can't wait to show you the film.”

Second time at Sundance

This will be Cretton’s second appearance at Sundance. In 2009, his “Short Term 12” won the U.S. Jury Prize for short film at the festival.

Since then, two of Cretton’s feature-length films premiered on television — one on HBO, one on TLC/Discovery — and he won a $30,000 Nicholls Fellowship awarded to no more than five of 5,000 aspiring screenwriters by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Hawaiian native

Born in Maui, Hawaii, Cretton completed a master’s degree at SDSU’s School of Theatre, Television and Film.

“The artistic integrity of SDSU’s program is extraordinary,” he said. “Encouraged by my professors and pushed by my peers, I found the courage to experiment.”

A prolific artist, Cretton is already at work on his next film.

“I just want to continue to find a way to tell stories that are important to me,” he said. “I am still shocked at the end of every year that I am able to earn a living doing this.”


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