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29 August, 2012

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Join us for Movie Night

UXPA Boston invites the Boston design and interaction community to a special summer screening of the movie “Exit Through the Gift Shop” on Wednesday, August 29 at the Regent Theatre, Arlington MA.
Basic Info (details below)
•     Networking at 6:30-7:30, movie starts at 8:00pm•     Seating for 500. RSVP required
•     Free popcorn and soda!

All UX groups and interested parties welcome. Spread the word!
We hope to see you there,
UXPA Boston

Regent Theatre
7 Medford Street
Arlington, MA 02474
(781) 646-4849


The Regent Theatre has FREE parking right across the street from the theatre on weeknights after 6pm, Saturday after 3pm, and all day Sunday! All spots are free (including “permit only” spots) after listed times.


About the movie

Short abstract:

The hilarious Academy Award-nominated story of how an eccentric French shop keeper and amateur film maker attempted to locate and befriend British street artist Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner. The film contains footage of Banksy, Shephard Fairey, Invader and many of the world’s most infamous graffiti artists at work. Subversive, controversial, and funny, this documentary is a must-see for artists, design professionals, and anyone who has ever wanted to thumb their nose at authority. (Rated R for some language, running time: 87 minutes).


Exit Through the Gift Shop marks the feature-film debut of notorious street artist Banksy. The documentary’s focus is French-born L.A. thrift-shop owner Thierry Guetta, whose apparent compulsion to videotape every moment of his life led him to document the phenomenon of contemporary street art.

Guetta’s cousin, a street artist known as Space Invader, allowed the avid cameraman to tape him as he illegally spread his artwork, and Space Invader also introduced him to other street artists, whose work Guetta captured on tape. Eventually, Guetta hooked up with Shepard Fairey, who was best known (before he created an iconic Barack Obama campaign poster) for his widespread stickers featuring an image of the late wrestler Andre the Giant over the word “OBEY.” Guetta soon hears about the mysterious street artist/prankster Banksy, and becomes obsessed with finding him and videotaping his exploits. Thanks to Guettta’s growing reputation among street artists, the two eventually meet and form a sort of partnership. Guetta even videotapes Banksy’s infamous “Gitmo” prank at Disneyland, wherein a handcuffed, hooded figure in an orange jumpsuit is placed beside one of the rides. They get along quite well until Banksy suggests that Guetta stop shooting, take the countless hours of footage he’s accumulated, and start assembling them into a documentary. Banksy eventually takes over the documentary project, and inadvertently pushes Guetta’s creative energy in a new direction, as Guetta becomes a kind of street artist himself, with shocking results.

Exit Through the Gift Shop, narrated by Rhys Ifans, had its world premiere at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. While it was very well received, there was much speculation as to the documentary’s veracity and the provenance of Guetta, his videotape, and his artwork. Given Banksy’s reputation, that should not come as a surprise. ~ Josh Ralske, Rovi