Wednesday, April 7, 2010


One of the hot ticket items at Sundance that actually seemed relevant was the movie Exit Through The Gift Shop a quasi-documentary about famed graffiti artist Banksy. For those who don't follow graffiti Banksy is the closest thing i that world has to a mythological figure. Banksy's work has been seen globally, it's all beautiful, incredibly executed and often has a political slant to it. As legendary as Banksy is he is a man of total mystery, shrouded in mystery to avoid prosecution for his art. Exit Through The Gift Shop is an attempt by a French shop owner to find, befriend and document Banksy. Here's more on the synopsis:

Exit Through the Gift Shop, the first film by renowned graffiti artist Banksy, became the hottest ticket at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival where it made its world debut. Banksy is a graffiti artist with a global reputation whose work can be seen on walls from post—hurricane New Orleans to the separation barrier on the Palestinian West Bank. Fiercely guarding his anonymity to avoid prosecution, Banksy has so far resisted all attempts to be captured on film. Exit Through the Gift Shop tells the incredible true story of how an eccentric French shop keeper turned documentary maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner with spectacular results. The film contains exclusive footage of Banksy, Shepard Fairey, Invader and many of the worlds most infamous graffiti artists at work, on walls and in interview. As Banksy describes it, Its basically the story of how one man set out to film the un—filmable. And failed

Here's the extended preview:

Here's the official trailer:

This is the first movie about graffiti I've been amped to see since Style Wars.

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