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Post No Bills -- Political heavy-weights populate this urgent and humorous documentary on the detonative mix of art and politics as embodied in the work of infamous 'guerilla' poster artist Robbie Conal, a professional painter who has splattered hundreds of thousands of his caricatured paintings-as-posters across the United States' urban streets.

Beginning in 1986 with the onset of the Iran-Contra scandal, Conal has distributed his work in a way even Andy Warhol might not have dreamed possible. As Conal modestly points out, 'these are some of the most famous paintings of any contemporary artist because I make you see them whether you want to or not.

When an outraged world focused on Los Angeles in March of 1991 with the beating of Rodney King by Los Angeles police officers, Conal took to the L.A. streets his most daring, inciting and inflammatory image to date; a poster depicting L.A.P.D. Police Chief Daryl Gates. 

Photographed in the grainy nighttime streets and in the well-lit galleries of Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York City, this award winning film documents Conal's efforts efforts through a variety of perspectives, including interviews with gallery owners, city officials, Daryl Gates, actor Tim Robbins, the Reagans and even Oliver North. 

Featured in over 20 international film festivals and broadcast nationally on PBS, this provocative film is a must see for anyone interested in Conal's captivating work or political art.

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Cast

  (in credits order)

Robbie Conal ... Himself

Daryl Gates ... Himself

Ronald Reagan ... Himself

Tim Robbins ... Himself
Ron Reagan ... Himself

Oliver North ... Himself
Miner ... Himself
Mike Gerrard ... Himself
Sean McCarthy ... Himself
Pete Wilson ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Leon Golub ... Himself (scenes deleted)
Patti McGuire ... Herself

Charlie Rose ... Himself
Nancy Spero ... Herself (scenes deleted)

Directed by
Clay Walker 
 
Produced by
Marianne Dissard .... co-producer
Clay Walker .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Clay Walker (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Clay Walker 
 
Sound Department
Marianne Dissard .... sound recordist
 
Visual Effects by
Mar Elepano .... title opticals
 
Thanks
Edward Asner .... special thanks
Mar Elepano .... special thanks
Tracy Fullerton .... special thanks
Alberto García .... special thanks
Gale Anne Hurd .... special thanks
Jon Jost .... special thanks
Jeremiah O'Driscoll .... special thanks
Henry S. Rosenthal .... special thanks
Paul Slansky .... special thanks
John Starr .... special thanks
 

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57 min
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This was the first completed broadcast hour program funded by the Independent Television Service (ITVS)See more »

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Amazing film!, 9 November 2003
Author: Steve_H from Los Angeles

I first saw this film when it showed on PBS here in the early 90's. I recently had the opportunity to see the film again. I have to say this is one of the most impressive documentaries I have ever seen. The filmmakers really told this story well on so many different levels. It seems like a simple enough storyline but it truly is very complicated.

I got a lot more out of seeing it this time - maybe because time has gone by I could put it into context better or maybe because I could see a lot of the little subtle nuances that are going on that I never noticed before. Highly recommend you watching this film if you get the chance. Very fun.

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