Film Screening: Exit through the Gift Shop

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Date: Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011

Time: 8pm

Location: Belk Library, room 114

The Catherine J. Smith Gallery and the Arts Management Organization (AMO) are proud to co-host a screening of the film Exit through the Gift Shop on Thursday, October 6 at 8pm in Belk Library and Information Commons in room 114 at Appalachian State University. Admission is free and open to the public. The screening is sponsored in part by Belk Library and Information Commons. Members of AMO will introduce the film and lead a discussion after the screening. The student organization will sell popcorn and drinks as a fundraiser for the club.

Exit through the Gift Shop is a 2010 documentary directed by Banksy, a well-known British street artist and prankster recognized for his unorthodox stunts in the art world. Unlike many prominent contemporary artists, who are known by name, Banksy’s identity remains a well-kept secret, even though he appears in the film itself. Rather than focusing on Banksy, the documentary primarily follows a budding French artist by the name of Thierry Guetta. Under the spell of Banksy’s influence, Guetta (a.k.a., Mr. Brainwash) transforms from film artist to street art enthusiast, a journey that eventually leads to his installing and hosting an exhibition of his own work in Los Angeles and turns him into an overnight artistic sensation. Exit through the Gift Shop has been widely recognized by notable cinematic organizations, including the Sundance Film Festival and the Berlin International Film Festival, among others.

"Banksy is a graffiti artist with a global reputation whose work can be seen on walls from post-hurricane New Orleans to the separation barrier on the Palestinian West Bank. He fiercely guards his anonymity to avoid prosecution. An eccentric French shopkeeper turned documentary maker attempts to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner. Includes footage of Banksy, Shepard Fairey, Invader, and many of the world's most infamous graffiti artists at work, on walls and in interview. As Banksy describes it, ‘It's basically the story of how one man set out to film the un-filmable. And failed.’"
—Paranoid Pictures

The Catherine J. Smith Gallery is located in Farthing Auditorium at 733 Rivers Street, Boone, NC. Hours are Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM. Admission is free. Currently on view in the gallery “Sail!” featuring artwork by Jewel Castro. For information please call 828-262-7338 or visit

The Arts Management Organization is a University-recognized club that seeks to promote professionalism and networking within the arts fields by increasing the awareness of the arts on ASU's campus and in the community. For more information, please email or visit

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