When: Sun., Dec. 8, 7 p.m. 2013
Whether or not the 2010 film Exit Through the Gift Shop is truthful, it's a remarkable look inside the work of street artists such as Banksy and Shepard Fairey. Did the film really originate as a manic project of Thierry Guetta, a Frenchman in Los Angeles and tagger wannabe? Or was Guetta merely a foil behind which Banksy could make a documentary feature while remaining anonymous?
Exit opens with the hapless Guetta clambering up and down the overnight urban landscape with his video camera, shooting taggers at their daring work. He tells them he's making a film (despite having no intention to do so) and gathers enough cred through that false promise to get an audience with Banksy himself. Eventually Banksy takes the hundreds of hours of footage from Guetta and produces Exit, documenting Guetta's own bizarre art show as well.
Despite its questionable authenticity, the film was Oscar-nominated and is a great empowerment view for kids. You'll laugh a lot and have insider knowledge about street art—the artists' methods and marketing savvy—after you see this film. And you'll support The Cinema, Inc., a nonprofit film society founded in 1966 that features an annual slate of international films. Admission is by season subscription; nine films remain on the society's season. —Chris Vitiello
Price: $20 for 12-film season