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Banksy Does New York

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Chris Moukarbel

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About the Movie

Acclaimed director, Chris Moukarbel (HBO’s Me at the Zoo, SEX//NOW), latest film is a feature documentary about the renowned street artist Banksy’s self-proclaimed and citywide celebrated month long October 2013 residency in New York City.Banksy is revered and reviled, considered both a vandal and a genius. Completely anonymous, he is nevertheless without question one of the world’s best known living artists; having left his unmistakable mark and social messages everywhere from Los Angeles street corners to the walls of the Tate. Over the course of a month-long residency in New York, Banksy and his team took to the streets – secretly creating a variety of public work ranging from elaborate conceptual stunts to traditional graffiti art. Constructed under the dark of night, each new piece was then announced daily on his #BANKSYNY Instagram account and chronicled on his pop-up website. Constantly evading a citywide search by the NYPD, Banksy’s work created a public response that was an equal mix of reverence and derision, with some of the more controversial statements sending waves of reaction throughout the city.” From a Central Park stand where priceless original works were anonymously sold for $60 to a mural on the entrance to the Hustler strip club, to a junkyard in Willets Point, Queens; New York City served as the canvas for this street art vigilante.BANKSY DOES NEW YORK is an exhilarating survey and detailed documentation of Banksy’s city-wide exhibit and at the same time a vibrant portrait of the city itself. As in his other film projects, Moukarbel has employed his distinctive method of weaving his own footage together with crowd-sourced footage shot by those countless individuals that experienced Banksy’s work on the front line. In this way, the film will both document Banksy’s elaborate stunt and also take an unprecedented look at what it means to make public art in the information age. In the end, this residency garnered international attention and raised Banksy’s profile to an iconic stature. From ABC to Al Jazeera, no other public art project ever has received the same level of mainstream attention from the press. The most striking feature of Banksy’s time in NYC was the amount of social media coverage. Each day the public would rush to the newest location - armed with camera phones. These video recordings blasted the Internet in a grass-roots media blitz like no other cultural project in New York City. The film was produced by Jack Turner (HBO’s Emmy winning Which Way Home, Me @ the Zoo and Cold in July).

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  • Reviews Counted: 12
  • Fresh: 12
  • Rotten: 0
  • Average Rating: 6.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Reveals a provocative social experiment and raises questions about ownership of public art. – Linda Barnard, Toronto Star, May 21, 2015

Fresh: It's downright playful, in fact, funky chic and cheeky. Somewhere, Banksy is smiling. – James Adams, Globe and Mail, May 22, 2015

Fresh: Very enjoyable documentary following the fun-filled month the secretive street art collective known as Banksy spent spreading its works across New York city...a fun ride. – Jim Schembri, 3AW, Apr 24, 2015

Fresh: The talking heads can't tell us much, but Moukarbel makes deft use of crowd-sourced footage to convey the wildly different ways New Yorkers engaged with the works. – Philippa Hawker, The Age (Australia), Oct 21, 2015

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Customer Reviews

F.U.N.

Talk about a breath of fresh air. Following along in Banky's exploits is quite the adventure. In this doc you get to feel as though you somehow participated in his much talked about NYC stint, where did multiple art pieces around the city over the course of a month. Some of them basic, some of them genius, all of them polarizing. If it wasn't for Banksy, I'd probably have no clue what modern street art was up to. I'd imagine thousands of others could say the same thing. There is something great about having a 'spokesperson' of sort for this movement in him. His work is edgy and engaging, and regardless what you think of his political views are, one has to admit his work gets a dialogue going whilst viewing something interesting. And I'm thinking that's kind of his whole point, what he's asking us to do: To see art everywhere and question everything. This one is totally worth the $5.

Street Art For Big Business

Good movie about society and how some values are perceived and self-perpetuating.

An interesting side note… By being sold on iTunes, two companies make even more money from Banksy. Apple and Time Warner combined make $5 Million profit. Per hour. ~:-D

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