One of the best films I saw at this year’s Sundance Film Festival almost wasn’t shown. That’s because when the schedule was released, Exit Through the Gift Shop wasn’t listed. Instead, the documentary by the renowned graffiti artist Banksy about the underground street artist movement was added at the last minute. Since I’d heard positive things from a screening the other day, Peter from Slashfilm and I decided to check the film out earlier today and then do a video review.
If you’re not familiar with Banksy and his art, here’s his official website. Here’s a bit about him:
“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.”
Trust me, the guy is an amazing artist and someone who deserves all the press he gets. And after watching the documentary, I’m even more impressed. Hit the jump to hear Peter and I gushing over this film. Also, you can watch the trailer:
Here’s the synopsis:
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 of how 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.
Here’s Peter and I talking about the film