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Art of the Prank

Director: Andrea Marini
Producer: Judy Drosd
Producer: Michele Malfetta
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Language: English
Book webpage: http://www.videoproject.com/art-of-the-prank.html

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.


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Subject Keywords: media literacy, journalism, fake news, culture jamming, Joey Skaggs, media hoax, pranks
Distributor: The Video Project
Genre: Documentary
Format: DVD
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