UPDATE (1/21/10): “Exit Through The Gift Shop,” billed as the “world’s first street art disaster movie,” will have its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, Banksy’s agent told the BBC.
“Banksy said: “It’s the story of how one man set out to film the un-filmable. And failed”.
The film contains exclusive footage of Banksy, and many of the world’s most infamous graffiti artists at work.
But until the film is shown, it is not known whether Banksy’s identity will be revealed.”
Original post: A graffiti stencil that looks exactly like the work of Banksy, arguably the most well-known graffiti artist in the world, has popped up in Park City, where the movie community is gathering now for the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.
It’s all fueling rumors that the Spotlight Surprise screening (first showing Sunday night Jan. 24) is going to be a documentary on the mysterious London-based Banksy called “Exit Through The Gift Shop.”
Banksy’s actual identity remains a mystery. On his website, he says: “I am unable to comment on who may or may not be Banksy, but anyone described as being ‘good at drawing’ doesn’t sound like Banksy to me.”
The Sundance site says:
“While we can’t reveal the title until the Festival gets going, we can tell you that this World Premiere documentary will leave its own unique mark on the Festival. Whether you catch the first screening or the last, this is your chance to experience Sundance history in the making.”
“And if you need still more convincing, heed the words of our Festival Director John Cooper who says, “Surprise is a good thing. Take a chance on this one. I confess, it’s one of my favorites this year.”
UPDATE: @ruqus just posted photos of a Banksy graffiti sighting in nearby Salt Lake City. Behold:
UPDATE: Now I’m starting to wonder if he’s even there. Urban street art promotions firm (there is such a thing?) Designated Area, who is U.K.-based, has a Flickr photostream and the last seven pics are all Banksy Sundance photos.
Here are some below: