Browse films

Art of the Prank

Andrea Marini
United States, 2015, 82 min.

In English.
Includes adult language.

Art of the Prank is an emotional and humorous journey following the evolution of artist Joey Skaggs, a fierce proponent of independent thinking and the man who has turned the media hoax into an art form. Famed for such media fictions as the Celebrity Sperm Bank, the Cathouse for Dogs, and the Fat Squad, he's one of America's most notorious socio-political satirists and media activists. Filmmaker Andrea Marini interweaves fascinating archival footage with an unforgettable moment, when Skaggs decides to pull off the most demanding hoax of his career–setting his sights on film festivals to do it.

Director's Statement

With this movie I've tried to create something that will inspire people as much as I have been inspired. And like Joey always says, make you laugh and then make you think. It embraces many subjects, from media responsibility to pressing social issues to the role of art in activism. But at its core, it's a film about a man who, against great odds, is driven to make broad social commentary with his art. It's truly a story of will, determination and unbridled creativity.

Category: Documentary.
Themes: Arts, Media, Politics.

More in Documentary

  • Reaching for the Andes

    Reaching for the Andes

    Neal Barenblat
    United States, 2018, 27 min.

    Tyler Armstrong has been climbing for more than half of this life, and he's only fourteen years old. This time, Tyler and his father, Kevin, have chosen to... more ›

  • Children of Bal Ashram

    Children of Bal Ashram

    Len Morris
    United States, 2018, 64 min.

    What happens after the raid, when terrified child slaves are rescued from criminal employers? At Bal Ashram, Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi and his... more ›

  • Bei Bei

    Bei Bei

    Rose Rosenblatt
    United States, 2018, 77 min.

    Pregnant, abandoned by the father of her child, alone in a foreign land, Bei Bei Shuai tries to kill herself by drinking rat poison, a common suicide method in... more ›