August 1, 2008


By Kate Williams Beautiful Losers opens with a static shot of a surburban house in what could be Anytown, U.S.A. Ed Templeton stands in front of it (it’s his house, as indicated by a small sign stuck in the garden), smiling and cranking out a tune on a tiny accordian. With his goofy grin and pudgy belly, Templeton looks like just another guy whose cart is blocking the beer aisle at the grocery store. He doesn’t fit the mold of renowned artist, but this is a film dedicated to showcasing artists who defy stereotypes, and this opening shot sets the perfect tone for the inspiring and emotional documentary that follows.

Through interviews, archival footage, and plenty of art and photographs, Beautiful Losers focuses on a group of creative types—Marg