dir. Jon Reiss | 93 minutes | 2007 | documentary
BOMB IT follows graffiti artists all over the world and updates the story of this subversive and controversial art form with a truly international perspective on its use as art and as political statement. Through interviews and guerrilla footage of graf writers in action on five continents, BOMB IT, directed by award-winning director Jon Reiss, takes the history of graffiti from its origins in prehistoric cave paintings, through its notorious explosion in New York City during the 70’s and 80’s, then follows the flames as they paint the globe.
Featuring old school legends and current favorites such as Taki 183, Cornbread, Stay High 149, T-Kid, Cope 2, Zephyr, Revs, Os Gemeos, KET, Chino, Shepard Fairey, Revok, and Mear One, this cutting edge documentary tracks down today’s most innovative and pervasive street artists as they battle for control over the urban visual landscape. You’ll never look at public space the same way again.
BOMB IT has shot in Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Tijuana, London, Paris, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Hamburg, Berlin, Cape Town, São Paulo, and Tokyo. It spans 40 years, 5 continents, and over 60 of the most important artists of the movement. The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival to wide acclaim and went on to be a favorite on the festival circuit.
Praise for BOMB IT:
“What distinguishes Jon Reiss’s lively, sure-handed film from the rest is that it widens the spectrum by taking a comprehensively international viewpoint.” – New York Times Critics Pick
“Is tagging crime or art? Both sides make compelling arguments. The film moves as fast as the artists, and the interviews are as succinct as the tags.” – Fort Worth Star-Telegram
“This film, shot beautifully, years in the making and brilliantly edited, is designed to make you think and reconsider assumptions about public space.” – Juxtapoz Magazine
“The high-energy Bomb It presents an in-depth, and extremely entertaining, look at the history of graffiti from gifted music video director Jon Reiss… This is a New York movie through and through, and so passionate it may (briefly) convince you that a clean subway train is a crime. ” – Elizabeth Weitzman, The New York Daily News