Thursday, July 7, 2011

Exit through the gift shop: probably the best documentary or film on SteetArt by Banksy himself

video topic: Art, street art
entry type: Documentary (art), documentary film
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video title: Exit through the gift shop
artist featured: Banksy, Shephard fairey, space invader, MBW and other street artists
director: Banksy

producer: Holly Cushing, Paranoid pictures

run time: 87 mins
release date: 2010

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Exit Through the Gift Shop: A Banksy Film is a film directed by Banksy that tells the story of Thierry Guetta, a French immigrant in Los Angeles, and his obsession with street art. The film charts Guetta's constant documenting of his every waking moment on film, from a chance encounter with his cousin, the artist Invader, to his introduction to a host of street artists with a focus on Shepard Fairey and Banksy, whose anonymity is preserved by obscuring his face and altering his voice, to Guetta's eventual fame as a street artist himself. The film premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival on 24 January, 2010. It is narrated by Rhys Ifans. The music is by Geoff Barrow. It includes Richard Hawley's "Tonight The Streets Are Ours".[1] The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature at the 83rd Academy Awards.

There has been debate over whether the documentary is genuine or a mockumentary.

Official synopsis:

This is the inside story of Street Art - a brutal and revealing account of what happens when fame, money and vandalism collide. Exit Through the Gift Shop follows an eccentric shop-keeper turned amateur film-maker as he attempts to capture many of the world's most infamous vandals on camera, only to have a British stencil artist named Banksy turn the camcorder back on its owner with wildly unexpected results.

One of the most provocative films about art evermade, Exit Through the Gift Shop is a fascinating study of low-level criminality, comradeship and incompetence. By turns shocking, hilarious and absurd, this is an
enthralling modern-day fairytale... with bolt cutters.

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