"Next: A Primer on Urban Painting" is an exploration of graffiti as a worldwide cultural phenomenon. Exploring the art form in nine countries including USA, Canada, France, Holland, Germany, England, Spain, Japan and Brazil. Interviewing painters, "writers", designers, and other participants within the subculture, the film celebrates the dynamism and creative brilliance of this extremely influential artistic movement. Written by
I saw this film at North By Northeast in Toronto this summer and I have to say it's one of the best films I've seen on graffiti. I shouldn't even say "graffiti" because it goes completely above and beyond that as it focuses on street art, such as wheat paste illustrations and murals. I went into this screening thinking I was about to be bored to tears with yet another documentary on graf writers and all the same mumbo jumbo that goes along with it, but was completely blown away as Next takes an angle that very few accounts of street art have taken. This isn't a film about people writing their names, but a film about beautifying their cities. Next is a completely engaging documentary that touches upon urban identity from Canada, America, Japan, France and beyond. Essential viewing for all visual artists.
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