Below is information regarding the 2016 St. Louis International Film Festival. The 2017 festival will take place Nov. 2-12, 2017. Submissions are now open.

Art of the Prank

Schedule

Saturday, Nov. 5 at 5:30pm

“Art of the Prank” offers a hilarious and provocative profile of 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 the Portofess (a mobile confessional booth) — all reported as fact by reputable journalists — the prankster qualifies as one of America’s greatest living satirists. Chronicling the most demanding hoax of Skaggs’ career, filmmaker Andrea Marini provides privileged access to the thoughts and actions of this most unconventional man, following the evolution of an artist who has dedicated his life to seeking social change by relentlessly challenging the status quo. With unprecedented access to Skaggs and his archives, the 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. The New York Observer calls the film “an upbeat summary of decades of mischief” and “an intimate portrait of an earnest man earnestly engaged in the business of tomfoolery.”

2015
82 min.

Directed by

Andrea Marini

Country

U.K. U.S.

Film Category

Leon & Mary Strauss Documentary Spotlight

Subject

Media

Genre

Biopic
With director Marini, subject Skaggs, and producer Judy Drosd.

Sponsored by

Gateway Media Literacy Partners

Film Website

Official Website