dir. Pedro Carvajal | 75 minutes | 2005 | documentary
POPaganda: The Art & Crimes of Ron English is a film about the culture-jamming and billboard-liberation antics of Ron English. The modern day Robin Hood of Madison Avenue, Ron paints, perverts, infiltrates, reinvents and satirizes modern culture on canvas, in songs, and directly on hundreds of pirated billboards. Shot entirely guerilla-style, the film chronicles the evolution of an artist who offers an alternative universe where nothing is sacred, everything is subverted and there’s always room for a little good-natured fun.
Praise for POPaganda:
“Pedro Carvajal’s POPaganda: The Art and Crimes of Ron English more than satisfies. Its fast-motion look at this guerrilla artist, who targets corporate billboards with pasted-on caricatures, transcends mere rooting interest in the anti-authoritarian’s antics.” – The San Francisco Weekly
“A colorful and riveting look at a subversive and his art” – New York Magazine
“Ron’s art is an antidote to the poison in our culture” – NY Arts Magazine
“Mr. English is an engaging personality, and watching him and his crew hijack the billboards, can be an exhilarating experience for anyone who’s ever wanted to stick it to The Man.” – The Dallas Morning News
“If you’ve always thought of art as a stuffy subject, POPaganda will rock your world.” – The Dallas Voice