Art of the Prank
Taking audiences on a wild ride, this emotional and humorous documentary from filmmaker Andrea Marini follows the evolution of New York artist Joey Skaggs, a fierce proponent of independent thinking and an early critic of media irresponsibility.
For decades, he has used carefully crafted messages to fool journalists into publishing topical but outrageous stories that, when revealed as fake, make stunning social commentary. His work is more relevant today than ever.
One of America’s most notorious sociopolitical satirists and media activists, he is famed for such media fictions as the Celebrity Sperm Bank Auction, the Cathouse for Dogs, the Fat Squad, and Portofess (a mobile confessional booth). In this award-winning critically-acclaimed film, Marini interweaves fascinating archival footage with a singularly unforgettable moment, when Skaggs pulls off the most demanding media hoax of his career.
“Skaggs’ art is designed to dramatize the inherent dangers in a media that accepts photo ops and buzzwords as meaningful discourse” - THE NEW YORK TIMES
"Meet the ultimate media critic” - BOSTON PHOENIX
“Art of the Prank is a laugh-out-loud documentary with a pertinent message for our times, when fake and exaggerated news stories proliferate and people readily believe what they’re told instead of investigating and engaging in critical thinking.” - SANTA FE NEW MEXICAN
“People talk about “fake news” like it’s something new. It’s not. Media prankster Joey Skaggs has been doing it since the 1960s" - NEWS PRESS
“Entertaining as well as very, very enlightening. Joey Skaggs is an intriguing and relatable individual” - AB FILM REVIEW