Art of the Prank
Art of the Prank is an emotional and humorous journey following the evolution of Joey Skaggs, Godfather of the media hoax, as he tries to pull off the most challenging prank of his career. This is interwoven with amazing archive footage of his earlier escapades-all reported as fact by prestigious journalists. The resulting twists and turns provide unprecedented insight into Joey's work as an artist, activist and social satirist. Award-winning documentary about New York artist Joey Skaggs, the godfather of the media hoax, as he tries to pull off the most challenging prank of his career.
AwardsLower East Side Film Festival 2016, winner of best of fest San Francisco Docfest 2016, winner of the Jury Prize Slamdance Film Festival 2016, winner of best documentary feature The Alhambra Theatre Film Festival 2016, winner of best documentary
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