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OFG Screens ‘Exit Through the Gift Shop’ 2/21/11

11 February 2011

We’ve been focused of late on some of the Academy Award nominated films. We screened Winter’s Bone and caught a few more of the Best Picture contenders at the Oswego Cinema with our Nights Out at the Movies. A few of the Documentary Feature Oscar nominees screened in and around Oswego last year–Restrepo and Gasland. We’ll show another of the docmentary contenders on Monday, February 21 at 6:30 PM in the Campus Center Auditorium, SUNY Oswego: Exit Through the Gift Shop.  The screening is free and open to the public; a discussion will follow the film. Look for a screening of another nominated documentary, Inside Job,  in March.

From the film’s website (www.banksyfilm.com), here’s the synopsis:

This is the inside story of Street Art – a brutal and revealing account of what happens when fame, money and vandalism collide. Exit Through the Gift Shop follows an eccentric shop-keeper turned amateur film-maker as he attempts to capture many of the world’s most infamous vandals on camera, only to have a British stencil artist named Banksy turn the camcorder back on its owner
with wildly unexpected results.

One of the most provocative films about art ever made, Exit Through the Gift Shop is a fascinating study of low-level criminality, comradeship and incompetence. By turns shocking, hilarious and absurd, this is an
enthralling modern-day fairytale… with bolt cutters.

Trailer for \’Exit Through the Gift Shop\’

Exit Through the Gift Shop has provoked much discussion just by its classification as nonfiction. Is the film’s story–and are its protagonists–for real? Calling itself “the world’s first Street Art disaster movie,” Exit Through the Gift Shop is a film by the British artist known as Banksy—the mysterious figure whose work has ranged from graffiti on the streets of Bristol to high-profile pieces shown in galleries. (A large audience saw a Banksy piece during an episode of The Simpsons last October: that dark opening sequence featuring scenes from a sweatshop.)

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