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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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ABOUT THE FILM
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.Preview link available upon request. Contact support@videoproject for more information
Reviews & Awards"The response from the students was overwhelmingly positive. They found Skaggs' activities provocative, stimulating and highly revealing. You made them see something they hadn't perceived before."
-Tony Barsha, Instructor, New York University, School of the Arts
"Skaggs was the most eloquent, entertaining speaker we sponsored this year. his sensitivity to people and expertise regarding the media create a personality and lecture which are unforgettable and inspirational."
-Denise Luce, Program Advisor, University of South Dakota
"We are already planning on bringing Joey back to campus. Thanks for a program worth booking."
-Terry Samuels, Assistant Director of Programming, Howard University, Washington, DC
"Art of the Prank is a
laugh-out-loud documentary with a pertinent message for our times, when
fake and exaggerated news stories proliferate and people readily believe
what they're told instead of investigating and engaging in critical
-Santa Fe New Mexican
"Told with a mischievous glee, the artfulness of this film mirrors its content."
an upbeat summary of decades of mischief...and an intimate portrait of
an earnest man earnestly engaged in the business of tomfoolery."
-The New York Observer
of the Prank was hysterical... inspiring and thought provoking. The
media influences us daily, and Joey reminds us: Don't believe everything
"Timely as the election cycle rolls out the propaganda, The Art of the Prank reveals how gullible we really are."
-Denver Huffington Post
New Jersey Film Festival
Bonita Springs International Film Festival
Slamdance Film Festival
Best Feature Documentary, Bonita Springs International Film Festival
Best Documentary, New Jersey Film Festival
Best of the Fest, The LESFF Prix D'Or, Lower East Side Film Festival
Jury Prize for BEST FILM, DocFest
Jury Honorable Mention for Documentary Feature, Slamdance