Hey art fans, vandals, and street kids:
We're pretty excited about opening EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP this weekend at the Alamo Lamar. Everyone we know who's seen it raves about it and it's becoming very clear that the world's first street art disaster movie is pretty awesome. You probably saw the Austin Chronicle's rave 4 star review, and starting this weekend you can see the movie for yourself at Lamar.
We love Banksy's infamous graffiti art, we love his contemporaries like Shepard Fairey and Invader, and we love documentaries that are a little different. This film is about a shop owner who wants to film Banksy, but when they encounter each other the Graffiti van Gogh turns the camera on the shopkeep and the film takes a turn for the weird; the possibilities from there are endless.
The film opened at Sundance to huge buzz and has been getting rave reviews ever since. Here is some of the top praise for surely one of the best documentaries this season:
"'Exit Through the Gift Shop' offers an absorbing glimpse of a bracingly subversive slice of the culture, as well as some tantalizing images of Banksy at work. It may raise a lot of questions, but they're all the right ones."
-Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post
'Exit Through the Gift Shop’ is a conceptual Chinese box: a documentary about a filmmaker that’s directed by the subject the filmmaker was too inept to actually make a film about. It’s also one of the best, most karmically satisfying comedies of the year, much to the chagrin of the people who are in it.
-Ty Burr, The Boston Globe
A genuinely hip, thought-provoking work of art disguised as a doomed documentary resurrected, Exit Through the Gift Shop is not just the definitive portrait of street-art counterculture, but also a hilarious exposé on the gullibility of the masses who embrace manufactured creative personas.
Aaron Hillis, The Village Voice
"Subversive, provocative and unexpected, 'Exit Through the Gift Shop' delights in taking you by surprise, starting quietly but ending up in a hall of mirrors as unsettling as anything Lewis Carroll's Alice ever experienced."
Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"Like Banksy's best street work, it pushes and prods our gullibility buttons and sends the mind swirling with questions of artistic authenticity and intent."
-Chris Vognar, The Dallas Morning News
So, come out this weekend to see EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP and find out what all the fuss is about.