I have the pleasure of bringing you the first five minutes of the documentary “Exit Through the Gift Shop,” which will be coming to select theaters across the U.S. in the coming weeks. Sadly, the closest place it is playing around where I live (Wisconsin) is Chicago.
The first five minutes of this movie got me excited for two reasons. First, it is narrated by one of my favorite actors, Rhys Ifans (“Little Nicky,” “The Boat that Rocked”), and second, it’s about street art, which has always amazed me.
The first five minutes are mostly exposition to get you set up for the rest of movie, but after reading various summaries around the web to try and get a better idea what exactly it’s about, I have come to the conclusion this movie is a must see.
It’s a humorous, tongue in cheek, type documentary, where the subject of the film ends up becoming the director through a strange turn of events. The film’s original concept was to be a documentary about the street art phenomenon known as Banksy, but as the director got more and more immersed in the street art scene, he decided to take his hand at it under the moniker Mr. Brainwash. Then Banksy becomes director and we get watch as Mr. Brainwash starts his street art career.
After watching the first five minutes, I went online and found some of Banksy’s art as well as Mr. Brainwash’s, and I must say these guys are amazing. I am very curious to find out about the rest of the movie and how director become subject.
The great thing about this movie it seems that you really don’t have to know much about the street art couture or even that much about art in general to enjoy it. It premiered at Sundance back in January where Banksy did 10 street art pieces around the town and I think the fact that it got in at Sundance alone speaks volumes to the fact that this movie must be something special.
For a full list of release dates and venues please visit http://www.banksyfilm.com and hopefully it will be coming out near you. If you’re like me and denied the opportunity to see this film in the theater, I’m sure it will be available on DVD in a few months — which is better than nothing because this movie seems too interesting to miss.
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