HBO's 'Banksy Does New York' Doc About the Street Artist's NYC Show
by Alex Billington
August 29, 2014
"Becoming less an art show than a city-wide, full-contact game of hide-and-seek." We occasionally make exceptions to feature HBO movies and documentaries, and this is worth your attention. It's a documentary titled Banksy Does New York, inspired by Banksy's Better Out Than In (the real name of the show), profiling the controversial street artist's residency in New York City last October. Every day for the entire month, Banksy would reveal a new piece of art hidden around the city, and it caused a flurry of interest and activity. The doc, which will be airing on HBO, is made up of footage from the masses and it looks fantastic. I was involved in the Banksy mayhem myself, scouring the city and chasing the art, and it was so much fun.
Editor's Note: The actual trailer for the HBO documentary has not debuted yet, however the trailer below is a Banksy recap of the event featuring footage of all his work in New York to give you an idea of the coverage.
Here's the first trailer for the unrelated project "Better Out Than In", direct from Banksy's YouTube:
This looks damn good. "From the moment Banksy took over the streets, New Yorkers became obsessed. The film captures this month of madness created by user-generated footage," said HBO Documentary Films president Sheila Nevins. The doc, titled Banksy Does New York, is directed by New York local Chris Moukarbel, who says he put this together from all the publicly posted content. "I crowd-sourced footage that New Yorkers posted online each day of the month. It was about a city holding a mirror back up to the artist." Quotes via THR. The documentary will air on HBO on November 17th and will likely be available VOD soon after that. For a complete look at Banksy's residency in New York, see his Instagram at @banksyny.