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Chicago Premiere with filmmaker Jon Reiss
"What distinguishes Jon Reiss's lively, sure-handed film from the rest is that it widens the spectrum by taking a comprehensively international viewpoint" -New York Times
"Briskly edited and energetic" -Village Voice
"Entertaining, high-energy...Reiss touches on myriad related topics, from the appropriation of graffiti imagery in corporate advertising to the addictive thrill experienced by those who still go at it guerrilla-style." -Variety
Critics' Choice! "Genuinely global, multicultural, and multilingual in its urban perspectives" -Chicago Reader
A guerilla look at contemporary graffiti around the globe, Bomb It spans five continents to capture graffiti writers and street artists in action, tracing its history from ancient rock paintings to its current incarnation on the street, in galleries, and its influence on popular culture. Graffiti has always been shrouded in controversy, and as integral to this story are anti-tagging groups and an integral part of this story are anti-tagging groups and New York City's infamous "Quality of Life" laws. Artists and writers speak eloquently about the concept of public space and the reasons they risk incarceration and death to emblazon their tags. Whatever your point of view, graffiti is a fascinating and radical movement that defies definition except as a voice demanding to be heard.
Directed by Jon Reiss, U.S.A., 2007, BetaSP, 94 mins. In English, French, German, Japanese, Portuguese, and Spanish with English subtitles
Cinechat: Filmmaker Jon Reiss will be here in person for a Q&A after the 7 & 9 p.m. screenings on Saturday, April 26.