FRI, MAR 24, 8:35p:
Miami Premiere Engagement!
"What would you do if you found a million dollar
Banksy spray-painted on the side of your house?"
Documentary by COLIN M. DAY/2017/1hr, 20mins.
featuring interviews with some of the top names in Street Art and Graffiti including Ben Eine, Risk, Revok, Niels 'Shoe' Meulman, Blek Le Rat, Anthony Lister, Doze Green, Hera, and Glen E Friedman
Saving Banksy is the story of one misguided art collector's attempt to save Banksy's famous "Haight Street Rat" from destruction and the auction block. His efforts to save the Rat are met with threats from city officials, snubs from museums and a flurry of six-figure offers from art dealers eager to get their hands on the painting. Saving Banksy is a rare backstage look at the elusive world of Street Art and Graffiti. The films narrative is driven by multiple perspectives from Street Artists who paint graffiti illegally, and from art dealers who remove their graffiti from public walls for profiteering purposes. Saving Banksy opens by serving it's plot up for debate. Since the birth of modern graffiti, Street Artists and graffiti writers have embraced the brevity of their public art. Their public work has always been subject to destruction by property owners, law enforcement, and other graffiti artists. However, with Street Art quickly becoming the hottest commodity on the auction block, these artists are rethinking their public art work in an effort to outsmart the commercialization of graffiti.
“CRITIC’S PICK: Colin Day’s fascinating documentary Saving Banksy rightly honors that renowned pseudonymous street artist whose work (often in public spaces, like a resort town) combines stenciled imagery with clever, cryptic phrases. But “Saving Banksy” has a larger goal: pointedly weighing graffiti’s populist ethos against art-world profiteering.”-Andy Webster, New York Times
“The road to hell, the saying goes, is paved with the best of intentions, and that is very much the case with the complex art world conundrum explored in the lively, involving documentary “Saving Banksy.”-Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times