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

  • Living in the Future's Past

    Living in the Future's Past

    Susan Kucera
    United States, 2018, 84 min.

    Academy Award® Winner, Jeff Bridges presents this beautifully photographed tour de force of original thinking on who we are and the environmental... more ›

  • Crazywise

    Crazywise

    Phil Borges
    2017, 82 min.

    What if a psychological crisis was seen as having the potential to be a positive transformative experience, instead of a "broken brain"?... more ›

  • Fail State

    Fail State

    Alexander Shebanow
    United States, 2018, 94 min.

    Fail State investigates the dark side of American higher education, chronicling the decades of policy decisions in Washington, D.C. that have given... more ›