Posted in movies | music on April 9, 2010

Banksy

"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"
Want to check out the tongue-in-cheek documentary before it hits theaters? BrooklynVegan readers are invited to a free screening at Knitting Factory in Brooklyn this Sunday, 4/11 @ 5pm (doors at 4). No RSVP necessary. Just show up. There will be seats (125 of them) - first come, first served. Some standing room in the back if it fills. First 50 people through the door also get a poster. Check out the Richard Hawley-soundtracked trailer below...

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Comments (26)

wheres the neckface documentary?

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2010 2:33 PM

Hey so I don't get it..."BV readers are invited.." do we need to email you to RSVP or get a ticket?

Posted by Anonymoose | April 9, 2010 2:35 PM

I updated it a bit. No RSVP. Just show up. First come, first served.

Posted by brooklynvegan | April 9, 2010 2:42 PM

Cool, thanks. Might be a pretty awesome prelude to Glassworks @ LPR!

Posted by Anonymoose | April 9, 2010 2:50 PM

i saw this at sundance and it is fucking ridiculous. best thing that was there, pretty classic.

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2010 2:53 PM

can't wait. hopefully i get in.

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2010 2:59 PM

This looks AMAZING.

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2010 3:37 PM

Banksy is so completely overrated as an artist.
Picking on the fattest, easiest, most slow-moving targets is boring.
Michael Jackson, Paris Hilton, Queen Victoria...oh my God, he didn't go there!
Yawn.

Posted by A Spade a spade | April 9, 2010 4:27 PM

this sounds awesome!

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2010 4:37 PM

how early do you think this will fill up?

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2010 5:04 PM

Posted by A Spade a spade | April 9, 2010 4:27 PM


Bansky has also done many many other less known images and ones that are anonymous characters.

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2010 6:05 PM

just saw it. amazing.

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2010 6:41 PM

The Knitting Factory site says doors @ 2, this site says doors @ 4... anyone know which is the correct answer?

Thanks!

Posted by anonymous | April 9, 2010 9:58 PM

Knitting Factory's site is wrong! Thanks for the heads up. I didn't even know they posted it at all.

Posted by brooklynvegan | April 10, 2010 1:06 AM

Thanks!!!!

Posted by anonymous | April 10, 2010 9:46 AM

a "street artist" is someone who graduated from writing dumb shit on bathroom walls to writing dumb shit on everyone else's property that does not belong to them.

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2010 5:47 PM

^^^
Walk it off, Adolf.

Posted by Crosseyed Sniper | April 10, 2010 6:26 PM

wow

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2010 9:48 PM

The screening was a great success. Very civilized! thanks for hosting!

and what a great movie!

Posted by According2g | April 11, 2010 9:24 PM

Thanks for hosting! It all ran very smoothly. I sat at the bar and watched through the window. Whoever made the decision to put the sound on in there and let all of us who couldn't get in to the theater deserves thanks. Also, whoever decided to black out the door is awesome too.

The film itself is fantastic.

Posted by rs | April 11, 2010 11:01 PM

The American masses are the epitome of gullible, but are they as gullible as the German population during the Hitler regime? "The ever-elusive U.K. graffiti ninja whose puckish, anti-capitalist and anti-authoritarian stencils are everywhere" is still paying ex-oil attorneys to release the film. No matter how anti-establishment he claims to be, still can't enter the hollywood machine with paying a profiteer. So inevitably he just undermined his hard work to be "edgy, and irreverant." The only grosser thing would have been to partner with MTV.

Posted by Woot | April 23, 2010 12:05 PM

You really need to watch this film before judging it. It's an incredible piece on the commodification of a counter culture with real meaning.

Posted by ariel | January 13, 2011 3:02 AM

Siamese Dream and Mellon Collie were really good albums. Got them when they came out, still throw them on at times and think they're great. It saddens me when I hear bands from that era when I was a teenager and hear their new stuff and it's so clear how they've lost it, they sound desperate to recapture a sound/magic that they haven't had in 15 years (holy shit).... And then I realize that is not unlike a lot of us.

Posted by منتديات | January 22, 2011 8:32 AM

You really need to watch this film before judging it. It's an incredible piece on the commodification of a counter culture with real meaning.

Posted by الملتقى العربي | January 29, 2011 10:48 PM

i saw it! very nice movie =)

Posted by psicologos en df | June 19, 2011 8:00 PM

Exit through the gift shop? I like the idea on how you created that marketing banner and tagline. Everything work out well.

Posted by Russian Hats | September 4, 2012 1:47 AM

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