The issue of Banksy‘s anonymity isn’t the only point of contention hanging over this coming Sunday’s Oscar festivities. The artist-turned-filmmaker’s picture, Exit Through the Gift Shop, is anticipated to take home the award for Best Documentary, but is it actually a documentary? That niggling concern has resulted in much debate ever since the film’s first screening at the Sundance Film Festival last year, and now more than ever, the need for cogent confirmation on the matter has become something of a necessity.

This raises the question: Where has Mr. Brainwash been throughout all of this? Banksy recently spoke out about the veracity of the film, proclaiming that it’s “100% true”. It’s no surprise that he’d make such a claim; he directed the film. But what of the man whose image could have conceivably been tarnished by the film? Where does he stand regarding the film’s authenticity, and does he constitute a credible source? Read what he had to say after the break.
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Two things we obviously love on /Film are limited edition art prints and Banksy. Banksy has been in the news lately because his directorial debut, Exit Through the Gift Shop, was nominated for an Oscar and seeming everyday we run Cool Stuff posters of limited edition screenprints from Mondo, Spoke Art, Tommy Good and a ton of other vendors. Film and print art just seem to go together well.

A new short documentary called Printing Banksy: Modern Multiples Creates the LA Prints proves that point. This 15 minute film puts a new spin on Banksy’s 2006 Los Angeles art show Barely Legal, which is a huge part of Exit Through the Gift Shop by focusing on the prints that came out of it. Filmmakers Brad Beyer and Robert Dragan were lucky enough to speak to the man responsible for making Banksy’s limited edition prints for that show and story behind them is fascinating. You can check out the film after the break. Read More »


The Sandlot’s Marty “Yeah-Yeah” York and Patrick “Ham” Renna reunite at LA Fitness in Hollywood where York is a personal trainer. [tmz via tdw]

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Best Documentary has evolved into one of the most anticipated categories at this Sunday’s Oscar ceremony because of one man: Banksy. The famous street artist and director of the nominated film Exit Through the Gift Shop prefers to keep his identity a secret so the instant the film was nominated, certain questions began to arise. Would Banksy show up to the Oscars? Would he plan some kind stunt? Would he show up in a monkey mask? Well, that last scenario was Banksy’s plan but now the street artist has flat out been denied by the Academy for fear of “copycat gatecrashers” both on the red carpet and on stage should he win. (Which just might happen, due to the film’s weekend win of the Eddie for Best Editing of a Documentary.)

In even more disheartening Banksy news, several of his latest works that popped up in the Los Angeles area have been removed or defaced. We’ve got the details and videos after the jump, plus we discuss why the Oscars actually need Bansky. Read More »

POTD: Banksy Returns to Hollywood


In preparation for the Academy Awards, Exit Through the Giftshop star/director and infamous street artist Banksy has returned to Hollywood and has been leaving his mark around the town. After the jump you can find a few of Banksy’s recent Los Angeles street art.
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B-Movie: a short film about Banksy

A few sites today posted a a short documentary titled B-Movie: a short film about Banksy. The video, which was posted on Vimeo under the user name “Robin Gunningham” was quickly removed. You might reccognize the name because it was published in UK’s newspaper The Mail in July 2008, claiming to be the real indentity of the street artist.. The Vimeo account features the following description:

Robin wishes he has painted on a large variety of walls and buildings, none of which belonged to him. He wishes he has exhibited in the British Museum, the Tate and the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, none of whom invited him.

Strange, huh? We found a duplicate copy on YouTube, which features the following description:

The B-Movie is a fourteen minute mini documentary about the infamous street artist Banksy and how he started out as a graffiti writer. Banksy has really launched off heavily this year, he has a movie out, art exhibits that make over 100k a show. He has made numerous achievements that hit the media and til this day only a hand full of people know his real identity. The  documentary features Interviews with 3D of Massive Attack, Damien Hirst, some of his friends and many more.

If this seems like a great supliment to Exit Through The Giftshop, thats exactly what it is. Included on the DVD release of the film, this 14-minute documentary gives you a better look at the street artist known as Banksy. Watch it now embedded after the jump.

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Exit Through The Giftshop is not only one of the best documentaries of 2010, but it’s one of the best movies of the year. The documentary which is credited to the elusive street art icon Banksy is up for an Oscar, but The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences isn’t sure how to handle the situation. He has worn disguises in the past (dark hooded sweatshirts, monkey masks) and has even sent others to fill in for his absense. The filmmaker did not show up for the annual Oscar luncheon, but if the film wins, will he go up on stage?

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