Art of the Prank

Filmmaker Biography:

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Art of the Prank – Andrea Marini

Andrea Marini was born in southern Tuscany in 1984. From a young age, he has been passionate about movies, and began shooting amateur shorts. During High School, he studied photography, cinema, advertising, and graphic design, building his foundation in the visual arts and storytelling. In 2004, he moved to Rome to study Film and Television at Cinecittà, determined to achieve the goal of being a film director. His professional directing career began in 2007 working mainly in advertising and music videos. In 2011, he completed the short film, the Noise of Snow, which won multiple awards in several international Film Festivals. He continues to work in advertising, directing a wide range of ads, not only in terms of his clientele, but also concerning his visual and narrative approach. At the other end of the spectrum, he is passionate about still photography, shooting mostly on film, and mostly in the streets, as this is his way of exploring the world. From 2012 to 2015, he directed his first feature documentary film, Art of the Prank, about the life of one of the greatest media pranksters of all times.

Film Synopsis:

Art of the Prank is an emotional and humorous journey following the evolution of artist Joey Skaggs, a fierce proponent of independent thinking and the man who has turned the media hoax into an art form. Famed for such media fictions as the Celebrity Sperm Bank, the Cathouse for Dogs, the Fat Squad, and Portofess (a mobile Catholic confessional booth), he’s one of America’s most notorious sociopolitical satirists and media activists. Filmmaker Andrea Marini interweaves fascinating archival footage with a singular and unforgettable moment, when Skaggs decides to pull off the most demanding hoax of his career—setting his sights on film festivals to do it.


Thursday, September 1, 2016: Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art/Auburn University, Auburn, AL, 5:00 PM CT
Sunday, September 11, 2016: Winder Cultural Arts Center, Winder, GA, 4:00 PM ET
Monday, September 12, 2016: East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN, 7:00 PM ET
Tuesday, September 13, 2016: Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC, 7:00 PM ET
Wednesday, September 14, 2016: Oxford College of Emory University, Oxford, GA, 7:30 PM ET
Thursday, September 15, 2016: Presbyterian College, Clinton, SC, 7:00 PM ET
Friday, September 16, 2016: Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, AL, 7:00 PM CT

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