DVD Release: Banksy Does New York

DVD Release Date: Aug. 25, 2015
Price: DVD $19.95
Studio: Kino Lorber

On Oct. 1, 2013, the elusive British street artist known as Banksy launched a self-proclaimed month-long residency in New York City, posting one unique exhibit a day in an unannounced location, sparking a 31-day scavenger hunt both online and on the streets for Banksy’s work. The documentary Banksy Does New York by filmmaker Chris Moukarbel captures this month of madness!

BANKSY-master_optRelying on the experience of the locals, Banksy Does New York incorporates user-generated content, from YouTube videos to Instagram photos, from New Yorkers and Banksy hunters alike, whose responses became part of the work itself, for an exhilarating, detailed account of the uproar created by the mysterious artist.

“I crowd-sourced footage that New Yorkers posted online each day of the month. It was about a city holding a mirror back up to the artist,” said Mourkarbel.

From Williamsburg and Staten Island to Bushwick and the Lower East Side, Banksy and his team took to the streets every day over the course of a month to secretly create a variety of public works ranging from elaborate conceptual stunts to traditional graffiti art. The artist announced each new piece on his #BANKSYNY Instagram account and on his pop-up website.

Banksy Does New York premiered on HBO in November, 2014.

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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.