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From Smoke and Mirrors to Positive Social Change: Turn Your Concerns into Creative Action and Make a Difference
Everbody has a good idea, but do they know how to bring it to life? Joey Skaggs is a notorious American counter culture artist and activiest who uses viral marketing and guerilla tactics to make hilarious and meaningful social commentary. His influence around the world is legendary.
Screen Art of the Prank and bring Joey to do an in-person or Skype Q&A.
Audiences are riveted by this engaging and hilarious film. Give them the opportunity to meet Joey and learn from a true master how to combine art, advertising, public relations, and creative thinking to launch a targeted and dynamic campaign about issues that are meaningful to them.
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As an international speaker and former college instructor at New York's School of Visual Arts, he has many years of experience guiding people to develop and implement affordable, practical, and creative actions that can stand out and make a difference!
Whatever the discipline, profession, or background -- whether it's writing, fine art, performance, cultural studies, or political science -- Joey Skaggs will help participants identify the social issues that concern them, analyze their target audience, and conceive a plan for social action. If they have something they want to say, Joey Skaggs will teach them how to make it attractive so it gets noticed in the crowded information marketplace.
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ABOUT THE FILM
Taking audiences on a wild ride, this emotional and humorous award-winning documentary from filmmaker Andrea Marini follows the evolution of American counterculture artist Joey Skaggs, a fierce proponent of independent thinking and an early critic of media irresponsibility. For decades, he has used carefully crafted messages to fool journalists into publishing topical but outrageous stories that, when revealed as a satirical hoax, make stunning social commentary. His work is more relevant today than ever. One of America's most notorious social satirists and media activists, he is famed for such media fictions on the Celebrity Sperm Bank Auction, 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 attempts 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.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
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
-Santa Fe New Mexican
"Highly Recommended. [Skagg's] charm is infectious and it is fun to watch him fool the media."
"The hoax with the most. Joey Skaggs, prank artist par excellence [...] is the subject of this voyeuristic film."
"Told with a mischievous glee, the artfulness of this film mirrors its content."
"Recommended. Skaggs' pranks are
more a way just to get a good laugh at the expense of the gullible
media. One has to salute him on his creativity in devising them."
-Educational Media Reviews Online
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
"One of the best pranksters in history, Skaggs has consistently exposed the chronic gullibility of the American news media. We see him provide comical and sometimes biting commentary on society in Art of the Prank, all carried out with deadpan precision."
"Timely as the election cycle rolls out the propaganda, The Art of the Prank reveals how gullible we really are."
-Denver Huffington Post
Jury Honorable Mention for Documentary Feature, Slamdance
Best Documentary, Alhambra Theatre Film Festival
Jury Prize for BEST FILM, San Francisco DocFest
Best of the Fest, The LESFF Prix D'Or, Lower East Side Film Festival
Best Documentary, New Jersey Film Festival
Best Feature Documentary, Bonita Springs International Film Festival
New Jersey Film Festival
Bonita Springs International Film Festival
Slamdance Film Festival
Sarasota Film Festival
Denver Film Festival
Southern Circuit Film Festival
Atlanta Film Festival
Sydney Underground Film Festival
Calgary Underground Film Festival
St. Louis International Film Festival
Arizona International Film Festival
Comedy Cluj International Film Festival
North West Fest