Price: $310.00

    Code: 2367

    Directed by Manny Kirchheimer
    2008, 85 minutes
    Purchase: $310 | Classroom Rental: $125
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    In SprayMasters, four ex-graffiti artists reflect on their early years as renegades who snuck into rail yards and decorated New York City subway cars with stolen paint while eluding arrest. Now in their forties and embraced by the establishment, Lee Quinones, Lady Pink, and Futura 2000 are prominent artists with an international following, while Zephyr is a widely published journalist who writes about graffiti and popular culture.

    They talk about the extreme risks they took as teenagers, the joys of seeing their work on subway cars, the diverse styles of graffiti, its global reach, and its place in modern life, where it has been co-opted by advertising and fashion. Directed by Manny Kirchheimer (Tall), SprayMasters is a follow-up to his underground classic Stations of the Elevated (1980), one of the first films to feature New York's infamous subway graffiti.

    Although the exuberant painted trains are gone, they live again in SprayMasters in rare, never-before-seen footage, set to an electrifying original musical soundtrack that evokes the heyday of graffiti.

    Subjects & Collections

    Festivals & Awards

    * World Premiere, Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2008
    * Official Selection, Rotterdam International Hip-Hop Film Festival, 2008
    * Official Selection, Gothenberg International Film Festival, 2009
    * Official Selection, Max Ophulus Preis Film Festival, Germany, 2009


    "A must-see" – The New York Sun

    “A rich journey through the NYC graffiti movement itself - charting its initial explosion, the shift from rail to gallery (with brief stops on social and political relevance), expansion abroad, and partnership with hip-hop that led it to coast comfortably into advertising and fashion… This film is recommended for people interested in art, art history, popular culture, graffiti culture and design. Film may easily be used in middle school classrooms and higher to motivate discussions on these and other similar topics.” - Educational Media Reviews Online