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The hip are bored and they want you to know it: Tao Lin's new movie

By Harriet Staff

For those of you friend, fan, foe, or follower (is it alliteration Friday?) of Tao Lin, today's your lucky day. We once wrote that Lin was "a minimalist who has maximized his exposure." It continues on! Looks like Shoplifting in American Apparel will be made into a movie (or mocumentary?). You might already know about this, if you're one o' the above, but for those of you just waking up, have a coffee over here to learn more about the film. The second one for director Pirooz Kalayeh, it is "set to be released in 2012 (provided the world doesn’t end) and will ship out in a sleek, glossy DVD sleeve." For now, a bit about the project, which you can also support:

Over the past few years, literary works by Tao Lin have gained increasing popularity, drawing thousands of fans to the unique worlds created in Richard Yates, Eeeee Eee Eeee, and Shoplifting from American Apparel. When Lin’s novella was released on Melville House, director Pirooz Kalayeh entered negotiations with the author and publisher to bring the project to the silver screen. Initially planning on a lavish budget with producer Mark Parsia (Co-producer, THE HUMAN WAR), the economic downturn catalyzed a new approach to the film that would utilize both documentary and narrative techniques to highlight writers within the virtual world (Noah Cicero, Brad Warner, Bebe Zeva, Jordan Castro, and Tao Lin) and incorporate new media and animation techniques to reflect the novella’s nuances alongside the current economic challenges of creating independent cinema. . . .

The hip are bored and they want you to know it. Shot on a shoestring budget, Shoplifting from American Apparel veers from a straight narrative retelling of Tao Lin's novella "Shoplifting from American Apparel" and heads toward part mocumentary. Director Pirooz Kalayeh's second film is on the trials and tribulations about making an indie movie about a hipster book in an inventive new comedy.

View the trailer below, if you like.

Shoplifting From American Apparel - Trailer from Stephanie Shyu on Vimeo.

Originally Published: July 1st, 2011
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