‘Man in Camo’ Movie Review
Every artist wants to make a movie about themselves. They talk about it. They think about it. But artist Ethan Minsker just went ahead and did it.
Man in Camo is Ethan’s story. Creating films. Creating art. Making zines. Building a movement. Man in Camo tells the story of a dyslexic, creative kid that used his very unique perspective to fend off the violence and craziness around him to create amazing things.
Ethan’s friends, colleagues, and family come together to help tell a story about this kid that came up in Washington, D.C. to evolve as a creator. Man in Camo features clips of his childhood movies, his experiences promoting movements, and countless stories about points in his life that have defined who Ethan has become as an artist.
Documentaries, although often vary in content, most of the time have a similar feel. They have a look and feel to them, especially the ones that the Hollywood elite have come to appreciate the most. But as it was with music, there’s a select style of documentaries that really break the boundaries and norm, the punk ones. Man in Camo has that punk feel, something closer to Turn It Around or even another 2018 documentary, Industrial Accident.
That punk feel isn’t a take-it-or-leave-it feature for everyone, but it’s definitely a bonus for me. The thought of being creative and doing things differently makes something instantly better, and Man in Camo benefits from that. I sit through a number of documentaries every year, many of them very good. It’s refreshing to get out of the box and watch something which features dramatic transitions between real life and animation, from the real moments to something created.
What makes this more than a flick about Ethan, is that it is an artist’s story just like so many other artists’ stories. Sure, there is a uniqueness to it already mentioned, but the story of the artist trying to define themselves and success is something shared by many. What defines greatness might be different from fan to fan; but Ethan’s journey shows his shortcomings, his growth, and his success.
Man in Camo focuses on one man, but from a variety of perspective. It also views his world from a variety of industries. Music, movies, teaching even, are all prevalent in Ethan’s life and also in Man in Camo. Hell, The Nerdcast from Project-Nerd even gets a cameo.
Full disclosure, Ethan used to write for Project-Nerd and has been a friend of the brand for some time now. But Project-Nerd would confidently endorse this film even if we didn’t know Ethan that well.
What we love about Man in Camo is that it’s totally Ethan, yet it’s completely about artists in general. Maybe you need to know him for it to be as effective and fun as it was for us, but maybe you don’t. The only way to find out is by checking out this unique documentary, Man in Camo, for yourself.
Worth A Look
Man in Camo takes a close look at the life of visual artist, writer and filmmaker Ethan Minsker and his drive to create and crusade the making of art.