Ryan Barnett made this micro-documentary a year ago for the Open Frame Film Festival at Malone University and won Outstanding Achievement in Documentary Film. Push is a local street artist who believes that his "art is free" to the community of Canton.
Artist's Interview with Ryan Barnett
is this story important for our community?
story is important to the community because Push is a local street artist and
he is broadcasting his work all throughout Stark County. I'm sure that a lot of
you have seen a piece of his work, and this documentary was meant to capture
the life and struggles of a local artist.
did you choose your subject for the film?
chose to do Push because I found myself interested in the life of a Street
Artist. I was trying to establish my own opinions on Street Art and the laws
constraining street art. I soon found myself wrestling with wanting to help the
audience view graffiti as a form of art and expression not as vandalism or
defacing public property. So what better way to embody these things then to spend
4 months with a graffiti artist!
was the most challenging part of making this film?The most challenging
part about making this film was my inexperience. I had never directed, shot, or
edited anything before in my life, and as my first project there were a lot of
mistakes to be made. To go along with that, Push and I grew very close during
the process and not wanting to let him down I knew I had to create a
documentary that not only I loved, but he loved as well.
was the most enjoyable part of making this film?
The most enjoyable
part of this film was the relationship that I got to build with Push. I was
constantly getting calls to come help him with his art, heading out into the
streets to put up his art, and also just sitting and hanging out throughout the
you working on any future projects at the moment?I am not currently
making any documentaries, but I am going to Nairobi, Kenya in October 2012 to
create a documentary with Christian Missionary Fellowship International about
the people in Nairobi.
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