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Taking audiences on a wild ride, this emotional and humorous award-winning documentary from filmmaker Andrea Marini follows the evolution of New York artist Joey Skaggs, a fierce proponent of independent thinking and an early critic of media irresponsibility. For decades, he has used carefully crafted messages to fool journalists into publishing topical but outrageous stories that, when revealed as fake, make stunning social commentary. His work is more relevant today than ever. One of America’s most notorious sociopolitical satirists and media activists, he is famed for such media fictions as the Celebrity Sperm Bank Auction, the Cathouse for Dogs, the Fat Squad, and Portofess (a mobile confessional booth). In this critically-acclaimed film, Marini interweaves fascinating archival footage with a singularly unforgettable moment when Skaggs attempts to pull off the most demanding media hoax of his career.
DVD of ART OF THE PRANK, the award-winning feature documentary by Andrea Marini about artist and activist Joey Skaggs.
What people are saying:
“Skaggs’ art is designed to dramatize the inherent dangers in a media that accepts photo ops
and buzzwords as meaningful discourse.” -THE NEW YORK TIMES
“If you don’t know who Joey Skaggs is, know this: he is a f*cking national treasure! One of the best pranksters in history,
Skaggs has consistently exposed the chronic gullibility of the American news media. We see him provide comical and
sometimes biting commentary on our society in Art of the Prank, all carried out with deadpan precision.” -FANDOR
“Meet the ultimate media critic” -BOSTON PHOENIX
“The hoax with the most. Joey Skaggs, prank artist par excellence and professional ball-buster,
is the subject of this voyeuristic film” -INDIEWIRE
“Told with a mischievous glee, the artfulness of this film mirrors its content” – DEADLINE
|Dimensions||9 × 6 × .5 in|
English (with English subtitles)
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Joey Skaggs, Robert Forster, Peter Maloney, and more
Free within the U.S.