The total length of the festival is 3 hours. Parental advisory: some movies contain strong language and images unsuitable for children.
Saturday - April 5th 2008: Part 1 Scott Hall 123, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ - 7PM
Fence(2002, 5 min; Czech Republic) art by Martin Zet
Martin Zet grew up in Czechoslovakia during time of the iron curtain dividing Europe into western and eastern parts. After the fall of this barrier in late 1980's the joy of freedom was quickly squashed by a rise of nationalistic tendencies throughout Balkan countries that resulted in wars and the geographic regions and people being divided more than ever before. "Moram da go napravam" is a Macedonian phrase meaning "I must do this." The only sentence Martin Zet kept repeating when he decided to build a fence across a busy Albanian bazaar to demonstrate that dividing is very easy. Or is it? Would a fence strengthen the bonds between the people left at the opposite sides?
Xzistance on the Edge of Chaos (2007, 15 min; San Francisco) produced by 210studios
210studio's website | MaxxMoses' website | Chor Boogie's website | Joshua Mays' website
This interview with Mr. MaxxMoses (aka Pose 2), Chor Boogie and Joshua Mays who worked together on 80 foot long curved canvas explores the artists' deeper creative process and inspirations. They merged their styles into one dynamic experience, turning corners mentally and physically, allowing the observer unobstructed immersion. Whether in a studio or on the street, these influental street artists leap beyond the current techniques and styles and rather explore the spirituality and gifts of deeper meaning of artistic expression. The world premier.
Tats Cru: The Mural Kings (2006, 60 min; New York City) directed by Mark Kotlinski
website | watch the trailer
The film follows the world famous TATS CRU as they produce their mural for The Graffiti Hall of Fame in Harlem and prepare to uphold their title of “The Mural Kings.” Inter-cut with exclusive interviews detailing the journey that started twenty-five years ago, as three Bronx teenagers began their artistic careers by creating subway graffiti. Shown for the first time in NJ.
Sunday - April 6th 2008: Part 2 Scott Hall 123, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ - 7PM
BigFoot: Stand Up for Your Life (2007, 9 min; Japan) directed by Hiroshi Nishibayashi
"It's not about me... It's about the spirit that's coming out of me... He's going to places, the spirit travels" is what BigFoot has to say about his notorius character. The artist, originally from New Jersey, discovered BigFoot in San Francisco in mid 90's. In this exclusive interview, conducted in Japan, the artist tells us about his first graffiti piece, vegetarianism, love for nature, sneakers and a good feeling that nobody has found Big Foot yet. The world premier.
ABOVE: Sign Language Tour (2007, 13 min; Spain/USA) filmed by ABOVE
artist's website | watch short clips
Rising Above your fears and challenges is what Artist ABOVE is all
about. Having traveled to 14 countries around Europe in 2005, Above
once again out did himself this past year with successfully travelling
to and hanging his Word/Play Arrow Mobiles in 26 countries. The Sign
Language Tour Video tries to keep up and follow ABOVE around his
European travels and artworks. Rare behind the scene video segments of
Above at work in a studio in San Francisco and Barcelona as he
prepares his arsenal of Arrow Mobiles for the 26 country tour. From
Paris,to Istanbul, then Helsinki to Rome, and everything in between.
Buckle up and get ready for a Wild/Ride.
Casa Del Luchador (2007, 2 min; San Francisco), Bill Hilly the Stencilbilly (2007, 3 min; St. Louis) directed by Peat Wollaeger
artist's website | Peat's videos
These are two short movies portraiting artwork by Peat Wollaeger. Peat's style and presentation of the finished artwork is unique and brought him a good deal of attention in the arts community, from national media and a major producer of soft drinks. He creatively combines original process of stenciling with a humorous performance art. The latest two characters will take us on a journey from Wrestling themed Hotel he painted in San Francisco to the miles long Graffiti Wall of Paint Louis.
City Space (2004; 47 min; Canada) directed by Craig Noble
film's website | watch the trailer
City Space is a controversial video documentary about graffiti and public space. Produced, directed and edited by Craig Noble the video explores the conflict and contradictions involved with graffiti and the authoritative reaction to stop it. A local, Vancouver perspective not only reveals the conditions and practice in this city but raises relevant and essential issues of art, expression and control of public space in all cities. This guerrilla production probes the facades and shadows involved in this conflict revealing the contentious nature of graffiti and the attempt to crush it. Shown for the first time in NJ.