WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF YOU FOUND A MILLION DOLLAR BANKSY PAINTED ON THE SIDE OF YOUR BUILDING?
THIS MAY, JOIN CANDY FACTORY FILMS FOR A CRITICALLY-ACCLAIMED DOC ABOUT ONE MISGUIDED ART COLLECTOR’S ATTEMPTS TO SAVE AN ICONIC PAINTING FROM DESTRUCTION AND THE AUCTION BLOCK
Street Date: May 2, 2017
DVD SRP: $19.95
When art collector and preservasionist Brian Greif decides to save an iconic work hailing from the world’s most renowned street artist, it sets off an art world struggle in the critically acclaimed theatrical documentary, SAVING BANKSY. One of the best reviewed films of the year and a New York Times Top Critic’s Pick, the thought provoking documentary produced by 2:32 AM Projects and Regime and called “the wake-up call the art world needs” (Movie Pilot.com) arrives on DVD on May 2, 2017 from Candy Factory Films.
Recently in the world news after debuting provocative new works in Palestine’s “Walled-Off Hotel,” the eponymous street artist originally painted the “Haight Street Rat” in San Francisco in 2010, in lieu of interviews for the premiere of the Banksy doc, Exit Through the Gift Shop. Enter Greif, who spent months negotiating with the owners of the vandalized Red Victorian Bed and Breakfast to carefully remove 10 redwood siding planks, with every intention of preserving Banksy’s work for the public. However, years pass before Greif is able to show the work to the public – no major museum will display it without proper authentication and greedy collectors and dealers simply want to sell or own it – for up to three quarters of a million dollars.
Following Greif’s struggles to find a legitimate home for Banksy’s trademark Che Guevara rat, the doc also gives context to thorny, complicated conversations surrounding street art and its place in the art world by speaking with top street and graffiti artists including Ben Eine, Risk, Revok, Niels ‘Shoe’ Meulman, Blek Le Rat, Anthony Lister, Doze Green, Hera and Glen E Friedman. Called a “fast-moving, beautifully-produced documentary” by Film Journal International, Crave Online says the film “doesn’t shortchange the viewer on either substantive, provocative ideas or examples of street art; it’s a rich crash course for the novice while also being worthwhile for dedicated aficionados.” Finally, Boom Howdy calls director Colin M. Day’s documentary “some of the most honest film-making to come out in a while…just like the best of street art, Saving Banksy…leaves a lasting impression long after it’s gone”
The DVD also includes an exclusive “Behind-the-Scenes” featurette, which goes deeper into the story of the “Haight Street Rat,” and offers up additional in-depth interviews not seen in the theatrical cut of SAVING BANKSY, including art collector Brian Greif and British street artist Ben Eine, who goes into detail about his relationship with Banksy.
One of the top-selling documentaries on iTunes since its March digital release, prior to its DVD release, on April 4, SAVING BANKSY will also be available to download or stream from other leading digital platforms including Amazon, Vudu and Google Play, as well as through Video on Demand on Dish, Comcast and Spectrum.
Type: DVD/Digital HD/VOD
Running Time: 90 mins.
Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1