Published in Juxtapoz
Published in Juxtapoz
The Portobello Film Festival enters its 15th year in 2010, over which time it has established itself as one of London’s premier film festivals. All screenings and events are free, taking place at bars, studios, parks, galleries and cinemas in Notting Hill and Portobello.
Part of this years festival program is ARTIST’S EYE where selected artists do some live painting in the pop up cinema under the Westway and introduce the movie of their choice before the screening.
This year’s guest of honour is Blek Le Rat who is introducing the movie Performance.
The festival is also featuring many artists such as Dotmasters, Inkie, SoloOne,
Babooshka, Patrick Hughes, Andrew Logan, Michael Horovitz, BA5H and more.
Dotmasters painted a scene from the movie Holy Mountain.
Ahead of Banksy’s UK nationwide film release on 5th March 2010, a pop-up cinema is showing ‘Exit Through the Gift Shop’.
Lambeth Palace is situated in Leake Street, under Waterloo train station and features infamous Banksy installations and animatronics. The same tunnel hosted the Banksy Cans Festival in 2008.
Exit through the Gift Shop is a documentary of how an eccentric French shopkeeper, Thierry Guetta, turned documentary maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner with spectacular results. The film contains exclusive footage of Banksy, Shephard Fairey, Invader and many of the world’s most infamous graffiti artists at work, on walls and in interview.
Banksy himself describes the film as “the story of how one man set out to film the un-filmable. And failed”.
Thierry Guetta aka MBW at the Cans Festival 2008
All pictures by Butterfly
This summer the ICA is screening the Beautiful Losers documentary directed by Aaron Rose.
Beautiful Losers celebrates the spirit behind one of the most influential cultural movements of a generation. In the early 1990’s a loose-knit group of likeminded outsiders found common ground at a little NYC storefront gallery. Rooted in the DIY (do-it-yourself) subcultures of skateboarding, surf, punk, hip hop & graffiti, they made art that reflected the lifestyles they led. Developing their craft with almost no influence from the “establishment” art world, this group, and the subcultures they sprang from, have now become a movement that has been transforming pop culture. Starring a selection of artists who are considered leaders within this culture, Beautiful Losers focuses on the telling of personal stories…speaking to themes of what happens when the outside becomes “in” as it explores the creative ethos connecting these artists and today’s youth.
On Thursday 6th August there will be a Slam City launch for the film at 8.30pm, with a Q&A and party. http://www.ica.org.uk/Beautiful Losers+20478.twl