Art of the Prank (2015)
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This is that, and more.
Just as Skaggs's work is well-suited for video, his ideas are urgently relevant to our current predicament.
This doc will acquaint you with an artist and avuncular personality who makes the world brighter and smarter through mischief. It will remind you to question your assumptions, that power structures are more permeable than they seem, and that fun can still triumph over fear.
Godfather of the media hoax, as he tries to pull off the most challenging prank of his career.
This is interwoven with amazing archive footage of his earlier escapades-all reported as fact by prestigious journalists.
The resulting twists and turns provide unprecedented insight into Joey's work as an artist, activist and social satirist.
I was REALLY ho[ping to like this movie. Unfortunately it's rather boring. It also shows that Scaggs hey day was 25 years ago and now he's all dried up of creativity.
His stunts are silly and easily debunked, but the media could not care less about vetting.
I forget the guy's name, but Scaggs is NOT the godfather of the prank. There was another guy before him who was so much better and a documentary was made about him a number of years ago by his daughter. Look for that one.
The doc tracks a whole host of Joey's pranks going back to the Vietnam era to today. And it is drop dead hilarious and the way through, watching the backstory of how he creates and stages his events, and when the media, from the NY Times to CNN, have to eat crow and having been fooled.
Again it's not only hugely entertaining but very timely, in this era where we have to deal with fake news coming at us from every direction.