Saving Banksy is the true story of one misguided art collector’s attempt to save a painting by infamous British street artist Banksy from destruction and the auction block. It asks the question, ‘What would you do if you woke up one morning and found a million dollar Banksy spray-painted on the side of your building?’
Banksy has created some of the world’s most iconic street art. His work is deemed illegal by authorities, but at auction, Banksy street-paintings sell for hundreds-of-thousands of dollars. While his work is created for the public, Banksy paintings are being removed by art dealers and resold at auction for huge profits, and the artist receives nothing. The movie is a rare and revealing look at the secretive world of street art and graffiti and its new found value and worth in the traditional art world.
“The importance of ‘Saving Banksy’ is the dialogue of preserving versus stealing one’s art. I hope people take away the overarching theme of the film. Artists as a whole including musicians and filmmakers all have their art stolen on a daily basis,” said graffiti artist Kelly ‘Risk’ Graval. “This is the bigger discussion that needs to be recognized by all. If people do the crime whether it be stealing intellectually or physically it’s all the same and the consequences should be treated accordingly.”The tagline for the film reads “It’s not art unless you can sell it for lots of Money” and the movie is meant to be thought-provoking and controversial.
Producer Kevin Zinger stated: “As Andy Warhol said, ‘Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art.’ This film explores deeper conversations that need to be had about street art and how it’s preserved and who profits from it. The artists in the film are the next generation of Warhols and the medium they use is often not only public, but also illegal. The film sparks a conversation about legality, artists’ rights, artistic boundaries, public works and who profits from them and if they should or should not be preserved for future generations to enjoy.”
MoviePilot.com describes Saving Banksy as “The Anti-Capitalist Battle Cry The Art World Needs.”
Saving Banksy was directed by Colin M. Day with narration by Paul Polycarpou, and features interviews with top street and graffiti artists from across the globe, including Ben Eine, Risk, Revok, Niels ‘Shoe’ Meulman, Blek Le Rat, Anthony Lister, Doze Green, Hera and Glen E Friedman. Director Colin M. Day’s documentary feature film Saving Banksy produced by 2:32 AM Projects and Regime is set for theatrical release on January 13th, 2017 in select theatres across the United States in conjunction with Parade Deck Films and Candy Factory Films.
An extended trailer for the film has been released online at https://youtu.be/ztHKstXFlj8 ahead of the film’s theatrical release.
01/13 – Phoenix, AZ @ Filmbar
01/13 – New York City, NY @ TBA
01/13 – Peoria, IL @ Landmark Cinemas
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01/15 – Portland, OR @ Hollywood Theatre
01/20 – Hollywood, CA @ Arena Cinelounge
01/20 – San Francisco, CA @ The Roxie
01/27 – Phoenix, AZ @ Harkins Tempe Valley Art
01/27 – Boston, MA @ Coolidge Corner
01/27 – Columbus, OH @ Gateway FC
01/27 – Ithaca, NY @ Cinemapolis
01/27 – Albuquerque, NM @ The Guild Cinema
01/29 – Portland, OR @ Cinema 21
02/03 – Yonkers, NY @ Alamo Drafthouse
02/03 – Chicago, IL @ Siskel Film Center
02/03 – Buffalo, NY @ The Screening Room
02/03 – Seattle, WA @ TBA
02/03 – San Diego, CA @ TBA
02/06 – Honolulu, HI @ Pow Wow Hawaii
03/04 – Beloit FIlm Festival @ Domenico’s
03/05 – Beloit FIlm Festival @ Bushel and Peck’s
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