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Art of the Prank

For Individuals, Organizations, Corporations, Governments, Grass Roots Screenings

Directed & Produced by Andrea Marini Produced by Judy Drosd & Michele Malfetta

82 minutes

Scene Selection • Closed Captioned

Grades - Adult
Item #:AOP-1126

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Venue/Room Size 1-20: $125
Venue/Room Size 21-99: $225
Venue/Room Size 100+: $295

Book a workshop of Art of the Prank on your campus or your community to:

  • Raise your journalistic radar
  • Increase awareness of media literacy vs fake news
  • Fine tune your own fine arts
  • Engage in social and political activism

Whatever the frame of reference, Skaggs will show participants how the mass media is hooked into reporting information that is not true. If you have something you want to say, he will teach you how to make it attractive to the media so it gets noticed in the crowded information marketplace. To bring it all home, he will help participants identify the social issues that concern them, analyze their target audience, and conceive a plan for social action.

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Art of the Prank is a feature documentary about New York artist Joey Skagg, sthe godfather of the media hoax. Famed for such media fictions as the Celebrity Sperm Bank, the Cathouse for Dogs, the Fat Squad, and Portofess, all reported as fact by prestigious journalists, he's one of America's greatest living satirists. When he decided to pull off the most demanding hoax of his career, filmmaker Andrea Marini gets a unique view into the mind of this most unconventional man.

The resulting film is an emotional journey of will and determination following the evolution of an artist who has dedicated his life to seeking social change by relentlessly challenging the status quo. Filmed in New York, Connecticut, London, Hawaii, Los Angeles, Kentucky, and Tennessee, and with unprecedented access to to the man and his archives, the 82-minute documentary reveals the man behind the curtain, interweaving his current unfolding hoax with a look behind-the-scenes at some of his classic performance pieces.

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Art of the Prank