Submitted by the Oswego Film Group
The Oswego Film Group (OFG) presents one of this year’s Academy Award contenders for Documentary Feature, Exit Through the Gift Shop. The film will be shown in the SUNY Oswego Campus Center Auditorium at 6:30 PM. A discussion will follow the screening (which is free and open to the public).
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.) Banksy chose to have his story told (though his identity remains hidden) by a compulsive video-taper, Frenchman Thierry Guetta, who’s documented the work of his relative, Space Invader, and other guerrilla artists. Recruited to profile Banksy and the street art world, Guetta somehow becomes a central figure in the film (in the guise of Mr. Brainwash) with his own bid to be part of the action.
While it’s a commentary on the contemporary art scene and self-promotion, Exit Through the Gift Shop is, above all, a very entertaining film. (Film Comment called it “[one] of the most inspired, adroit, hilarious debut features ever”.) It’s also one of the nominees in the Documentary Feature category of the Academy Awards (which will be held Sunday, February 27). The film runs 87 minutes and is rated R (for, as The New York Times notes, “minor language and major egos”). Exit Through the Gift Shop’s website is www.banksyfilm.com/
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