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Exit Through The Gift Shop Now On VOD; DVD December 14

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood November 24, 2010 at 6:21AM

The mysterious Exit Through The Gift Shop--the story of how a shopkeeper-filmmaker (Thierry Guetta) tried for five years to make a documentary about street art, only to meet British stencil graffiti artist Banksy, who turned the camera on Guetta instead--has been full of surprises from the start.
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Thompson on Hollywood

The mysterious Exit Through The Gift Shop--the story of how a shopkeeper-filmmaker (Thierry Guetta) tried for five years to make a documentary about street art, only to meet British stencil graffiti artist Banksy, who turned the camera on Guetta instead--has been full of surprises from the start.

The film first screened as a Sundance surprise, scored with critics, and played well for specialty audiences at the spring box office, deploying an unusual release strategy. The latest surprise: Exit Through the Gift Shop is one of fifteen features shortlisted for a documentary Oscar.

For those who missed the doc in theaters, it's now available On Demand via Cinetic FilmBuff and iTunes. It releases on DVD December 14 via Oscilloscope, including special features: B Movie - An exclusive film about the ‘art’ of Banksy; Life Remote Control (Lawyer’s Edit) and deleted scenes and limited edition inserts designed by Banksy. Watch the first five minutes of the film below.

This article is related to: Awards, Box Office, Festivals, Genres, Independents, Video, News, Oscars, Sundance, Documentaries, Trailers


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.