Painting the Town
Directed by William Higbie
“Painting the Town” is a short-form documentary film that offers a view upon Detroit’s surging independent movement of street art and graffiti.
This once renegade art form – often expressed in massive building-sized murals – depicts subjects, both abstract and whimsical, as well as deeply personal.
How is this medium changing the face of Detroit, its popularity, and even its economy? But most of all, how can street art bring people together in ways that never been imagined a few short years ago?
SFUFF 2018 / 120 minsMurals are a powerful form of art that expose us to beauty while oftentimes critiquing political and social conditions. The act of painting murals often brings people together through a sense of affinity and shared purpose, while at the same time offering challenges to regimes of power, expressing dissent, of simply revealing alternate points of view. This program is collection of shorts focusing on visual and graphic art in the public realm as a way of expressing and cultivating social capital; and will explore how mural artists around the world are engaged in a practice that provokes and unites.