Art of the Prank
United States, 2015, 82 min.
Includes adult language.
Art of the Prank is an emotional and humorous journey following the evolution of artist Joey Skaggs, a fierce proponent of independent thinking and the man who has turned the media hoax into an art form. Famed for such media fictions as the Celebrity Sperm Bank, the Cathouse for Dogs, and the Fat Squad, he's one of America's most notorious socio-political satirists and media activists. Filmmaker Andrea Marini interweaves fascinating archival footage with an unforgettable moment, when Skaggs decides to pull off the most demanding hoax of his career–setting his sights on film festivals to do it.
With this movie I've tried to create something that will inspire people as much as I have been inspired. And like Joey always says, make you laugh and then make you think. It embraces many subjects, from media responsibility to pressing social issues to the role of art in activism. But at its core, it's a film about a man who, against great odds, is driven to make broad social commentary with his art. It's truly a story of will, determination and unbridled creativity.
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