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By Film Threat Staff | October 30, 2007

In an industry where filmmakers continue to play by the same tired rules, it’s always refreshing to see someone come along and mix things up like Michael W. Dean has done, making his documentary fully available to watch on YouTube and, consequentially, here as well. In a similar move to recording artists like Radiohead or Saul Williams, you can watch Michael’s documentary for free, and always purchase a DVD if you so feel like doing so. Either way, you will get to see it.

Feel free to head on over to Michael’s YouTube page to watch his feature documentary “D.I.Y. OR DIE: How to Survive as an Independent Artist” or go ahead and scroll down, and watch the individual parts of the documentary right here at Film Threat. The doc examines the motivations and methods of the artisitc underdogs who do what they do regardless of the money they may or may not earn, and contains interviews with 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), Craig Newmark (founder Craig’s List) and many more.

Afterwards, if you dig what you’ve just seen, head on over to the official website of “D.I.Y. OR DIE: How to Survive as an Independent Artist” and buy yourself a copy of the DVD. You don’t have to support the cause, but if the feeling moves you…

D.I.Y. OR DIE: Part One

D.I.Y. OR DIE: Part Two

D.I.Y. OR DIE: Part Three

D.I.Y. OR DIE: Part Four

D.I.Y. OR DIE: Part Five

D.I.Y. OR DIE: Part Six

D.I.Y. OR DIE: Part Seven

D.I.Y. OR DIE: Part Eight

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