Posted on Tuesday, January 26th, 2010 by Peter Sciretta
This week the Sundance Film Festival held a surprise premiere of Exit Through the Gift Shop, the first film by the renowned graffiti artist Banksy. I had heard amazing things about the doc coming out of the public screening premiere, so I decided to check out the film today at a press screening.
For those of you who don’t know, Banksy is a graffiti artist “with a global reputation whose work can be seen on walls from post-hurricane New Orleans to the Palestinian segregation wall in the West Bank. Fiercely guarding his anonymity to avoid prosecution Banksy has so far resisted all attempts to be captured on film.” Here is the official plot synopsis for Exit Through the Gift Shop.
Exit Through the Gift Shop is the story of how an eccentric French shop keeper and amateur film maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy. Billed as ‘the world’s first street art disaster movie’ the film contains exclusive footage of Banksy, Shephard Fairey, Invader and many of the world’s most infamous graffiti artists at work. “It’s the story ofhow one man set out to film the un-filmable. And failed”. – Banksy. The story of how an eccentric French shop keeper and amateur film maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy.
I recorded a video blog review with Frosty from Collider, which you can watch embedded after the jump.