Toronto Mike

Bomb It

A Movie Reel

Bomb It: 7 out of 10.

I got to watch the Toronto premiere of Bomb It at the Bloor Cinema tonight, thanks to the cool folks at GelaSkins.

It was a great crown in a great old theatre and that just added to the atmosphere.  Who owns public space?  What is art?  How deep can superficiality go?

This doc takes us from the origins of graffiti art in Philadelphia to New York, several cities in Europe, South Africa, Brazil and Tokyo, Japan.  Yes, it does glorify graffiti, and that's not necessarily a good thing, but it makes you think about the questions above.  Hell, Bomb It had me picking up some spray paint on the trip home.  If you see the tag T.M., that's me.

The director Jon Reiss was there and we peppered him with question after the show.  Somebody asked him how he feels about making money off of street art.  He laughed and told us he'd love to make money off of street art but the project is currently $300,000 in the hole.  There's no money in poetry, but then there's no poetry in money either.

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