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Art of the Prank
is a feature documentary about New York artist Joey Skaggs, the 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 decides 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 the man and his archives, the 85-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.
FILMMAKER'S STATEMENT:"As a director, I relate closely to Joey's work. It is a lot about creating a story, a very interesting and outrageous one that catches your eye and your mind, and then adding contrast, juxtaposing reality, to make it taste sweet and bitter at the same time. 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 them laugh and then make them think."