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March 16 @ 8:00 pm
Before artists such as Banksy and Shepard Fairey became household names, there were graffiti pioneers who were responsible for adding such things as the first ever crown or arrow to their moniker, beginning the evolution of style. Wall Writers: Graffiti in its Innocence is a documentary film – as well as 350+ page companion book – conceived and directed by Roger Gastman. Legendary filmmaker John Waters narrates this documentary about graffiti and street art, largely considered today to be the rock n’ roll of visual art, and its birth from Philadelphia and New York City during 1967 to 1973.
An exclusive account of the beginnings of the largest art movement of the Twentieth Century, Wall Writers provides an unprecedented view of this movement because no one before could get complete access to the full cast of the movement’s originators featured in this film. Most of these artists give their first ever on-camera interviews for this project, providing a once-in-a-lifetime look at the origin of graffiti and street art that continues to capture the imaginations of young people the world over. Wall Writers also explores graffiti’s eruption into mainstream society during a period of social turmoil in the late 1960s and early ‘70s, and takes a closer look not only at early graffiti’s place on the wall but its place in the culture of the time.
Featuring unprecedented access to and exclusive interviews with graffiti’s originators CORNBREAD, TAKI 183, LSD OM, and more than a two-dozen others, as well as testimonies from journalists, historians and politicians, Wall Writers traces graffiti’s humble beginnings in 1967 to the first painting being sold in 1973, revealing the context of the start of a movement that would eventually grow to transform city life, public transit, public art, and ultimately, visual art the world over.
One Night Only – Thursday, March 16!