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Rock Fresh (2004)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 28 June 2004 (USA)
Official selection AFI FEST 2004. ROCK FRESH is an electrifying documentary on the world of the graffiti artist. A raw snapshot of artists who literally have their back against the wall, ... See full summary »

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Official selection AFI FEST 2004. ROCK FRESH is an electrifying documentary on the world of the graffiti artist. A raw snapshot of artists who literally have their back against the wall, the film follows five of the world's most legendary street artists as they make the leap from graffiti art to commercial art. From the street to the gallery. From walls to clothing. From private to worldwide. Our cameras unmask the mystifying process behind graffiti art like never before. Revealing step-by-step how the colors blend, how the angles sharpen, how the shadows emerge. Lifting the veil from a subculture so clandestine, it took 40 years to get this close. The artists take their skills to a variety of surfaces -concrete, canvas, metal, cloth, and brick. And to an array of locations - city rooftops, the desert, downtown lofts, the sewers, even the forest. ROCK FRESH also reveals artists painfully coming of age. From kids drawing in their sketchbooks, to grown men struggling to make a living ... Written by Calico Arts

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excellent documentary on art!
21 April 2005 | by See all my reviews

i was very impressed when watching this film. i initially assumed it would be a very genre specific, niche film for graffiti enthusiasts. i was happily proved wrong. any artist can relate the themes in the film. the film centers on five graffiti writers turned career artists who struggle to make a living, while keeping their reputation and maintaining their friendships. this is as real as it comes. what really kept me intrigued is how the film takes a particular angle on the subject, rather than just doing the overall history, then why they do it, then their influences. this was a journey in these artists lives. above all, the doc was very entertaining, very funny at times. there is a part where the director candidly interviews a homeless man who claims to be a Vietnam vet. the "bum" as the neighborhood kids call him, actually has some interesting things to say, despite the heckling kids. that visually proved to me that a simple wall of graffiti art can bring together people of all walks and all ages. very impressive documentary, both visually and thematically. anxiously waiting for a DVD release.


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