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Taking audiences on a wild ride, this emotional and humorous award-winning documentary from filmmaker Andrea Marini follows the evolution of the notorious American counterculture artist Joey Skaggs, a fierce proponent of independent thinking and an early critic of media irresponsibility. For decades, he has used viral marketing and guerrilla tactics to make hilarious and meaningful social commentary. He is famed for such media fictions as the Celebrity Sperm Bank, the Cathouse for Dogs, the Fat Squad, and Portofess (a mobile confessional booth). In this critically-acclaimed film, Marini interweaves fascinating archival footage with a singularly unforgettable moment when Skaggs attmepts to pull off the most demanding media hoax of his career.
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."