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Infamy
Infamy
Actors: Claw, Joe Connolly, Earsnot, Jase, NM
Director: Doug Pray
Genres: Documentary
R     2006     1hr 31min

Take an intense journey into the dangerous lives and obsessed minds of six of America's most prolific graffiti artists. Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Doug Pray (Hype! and Scratch) who teamed up with writer, publisher, an...  more »

     
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Actors: Claw, Joe Connolly, Earsnot, Jase, NM
Director: Doug Pray
Creators: Doug Pray, Lasse Jarvi, Grant Cihlar, Kevin Lewis, Nancy Cihlar, Quincy Jones III, Roger Gastman, Roy Tesfay, Tes Tesfay
Genres: Documentary
Sub-Genres: Documentary
Studio: Image Entertainment
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen
DVD Release Date: 10/17/2006
Original Release Date: 01/01/2006
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2006
Release Year: 2006
Run Time: 1hr 31min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

I don't care who you are...if you're a fan of art and person
James Norman | Atlanta, GA | 10/13/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"For all graf heads (especially) and even those that turn their nose at graffiti but have any appreciation for art/street culture and self expression, you need to check this film out. It's fantastic! Doug Pray (director and maker of SCRATCH) made this film because even though he was never a fan of graffiti, and even had a distaste for a lot if, he was curious to find out what it was all about. And he did...and the point of view from which he shot this film is exactly why it's so good! It's not a typical documentary where you'd expect the filmmaker to simply glamorize or demean graffiti, just give you the history of the art form, or tryto convince you that graffiti is this way or that way...it's a raw look into the lives of 7 people who lives revolve around the art form (with MANY artist and icon cameos throughout), and it gives you tremendous insight into what it really means to live and breath whatever it is your true passion may be. In this film , it happens to be graffiti. So, check it out! I doubt you'll be disappointed. And don't expect another SCRATCH...this film is a totally different kind of film."
Great overview of Graff writers, thier motovations & consequ
C. Aumack | Piscataway, NJ United States | 01/01/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Infamy is a good documentary style graff film that takes the time to really explain what graffiti writers are about. This is not just a 'piece' reel to showcase styles from different areas (Graffiti Verite'), nor is it a fictional movie with a plot (aka Bomb the System). Infamy details the motivations and ambitions of some well-known writers form around the country. All the writers interviewed are very articulate and express their thoughts and emotions clearly and are to the point, particularly Earsnot, NM, Saber, and DAZE. I found the bonus footage even more interesting than the film itself. Bonus material touches on topics ranging from the relationship of hip-hop and graff, the perception that graff writers are unsuccessful unemployed losers, and the commercialization of the graffiti subculture as it explodes into the mainstream.

Regardless of your take on graffiti and the people who produce it, watch this DVD and you'll gain insight on why they do it and what pushes them to continue. I found Anti-Graffti Nazi Joe Connely's point of view pretty valuable too. By the end of the film, we learn that he's actually doing the thing that he despises most.

"If you're going to be a writer, just shut the F up and write graffiti... and don't tell nobody""
This documentary helps you experience a sub-culture
Bryan Creel | 03/03/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I have recently become impressed with Doug Pray's documentary work. Infamy is about the graffiti sub-culture. He follows 5 or 6 of the more prolific taggers to see how they work and listen to their thoughts. It really gave me insight into why these guys (and girls) have a passion for their particular brand of art. He also includes one "buffer", which is a guy who eliminates graffiti in his neighborhood. The buffer was pretty funny because his last scene essentially shows that he is really a form of tagger!

There is some good footage of the artists actually creating their work with markers or spray paint. It really drew a striking parallel with calligraphy. Their motions are often so practiced and smooth that the movements seem to be as much art as the final result. Of course there are also shots of many beautiful works in the film. If you have any interest in the graffiti scene, check out this film."
Infamy rules
greg | Tampa, FL | 04/20/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Like most of Doug Pray's films (Scratch, Surfwise, Big Rig), he takes a subculture that has strong negative connotations and puts a human face to it. Like most people, I have had mixed feeling about graffiti. I've seen some amazing murals by graf artists, but the signature scrawls you see everywhere tend to piss me off. But after I saw this film, at least now I look at it in a different way. Great stuff. I will never look at graffiti the same way again."