D.I.Y. OR DIE: How To Survive As An Independent Artist

“D.I.Y. OR DIE: How To Survive as an Independent Artist” is an excellent 2002 documentary by Michael W. Dean, who recently decided to upload his entire film to YouTube, broken up into 8 chapters. Michael explains why he decided to distribute his film online. D.I.Y. OR DIE is also available on DVD for a very reasonable $8.

This film is a celebration of the artistic underdog! FEATURING interviews and performances from: Lydia Lunch, Ian MacKaye (Fugazi), J Mascis (Dinosaur jr.), Jim Rose (Jim Rose Sideshow), J.G.Thirlwell (Foetus), Mike Watt (Minutemen), Richard Kern (Filmmaker), Ron Asheton (Stooges), Madigan Shive (Bonfire Madigan), Dave Brockie (Gwar) and more.

Here are all 8 chapters of the documentary:

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

$30 Film School

Michael Dean has also written a book about the process he used to make his film, $30 Film School, now in it’s second edition.

UPDATE: A high quality, DRM free download of “D.I.Y. OR DIE” is available for free via Microsoft’s Zune Marketplace. Here’s more information on downloading the videos for other portable media players.

Thanks to Attaboy for the tip!

Scott Beale
Scott Beale

Scott Beale is the founder of Laughing Squid and is based in New York City. When not running the blog, Scott can be found posting on Threads and sharing photos on Instagram.