The CAMH Teen Council presents a special screening of the new documentary Stick ’Em Up!, a gritty Houston-made film that explores the subculture of artists involved with wheat pasting, an inexpensive inner-city art form that is as provocative as it is misunderstood. The film shows the process and attitudes of several active artists and includes a variety of perspectives on the urban art practice. Members of the Teen Council will conduct an open discussion immediately following the screening. Tickets are available online at www.mfah.org and at the box office: $7 general admission, $6 for CAMH (if bought at the box office) and MFAH members.
Filmmakers Alex Luster, Tony Reyes, and GONZO247 delve into the minds and motivations behind some of Houston’s most active guerilla street artists, capturing the lifespan of their art - conception, creation, placement, and ultimately removal by the city’s abatement enforcement. With commentary by legendary street artists as well as several local law enforcement officials, Stick ’Em Up! sheds light on the distinctive images that have become part of the urban landscape.
In the words of filmmaker Alex Luster, “People saw Exit Through the Gift Shop and wanted more. Stick 'Em Up! covers street art from birth to death - the poster going up to its being taken down. It’s not a good documentary if it doesn’t show both sides. Ninety-nine percent of street art documentaries are one-sided. They are all about the artists and why they do it. There is no negativity to what they do. So we decided to step out and show several sides of the issue. I wanted it to be real, fair, and balanced. I want stories of real life people who will add to the story.”
ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS
Alex Luster, Director
Alex is a documentary filmmaker and Emmy award winning television producer. Hailing from Houston, Alex’s numerous digital media projects touch on everything from sub-culture art movements to mainstream music. Alex was introduced to this phenomena of wheat pasting in 2007 and has been actively documenting the movement since then.
Tony Reyes, Writer
With 25 years of media/film experience, Tony Reyes has had the opportunity to work almost every job the industry offers. This background, along with his diplomatic arrogance, has given him the foundation to be leader. His background as an award winning writer has helped tell the stories of these undisclosed artists.
GONZO247 is a native Houstonian who began his career as a graffiti artist in 1984. He was one of the first to capture the emerging subculture by producing a successful urban video series. In 2004, Aerosol Warfare Gallery was created to introduce street art to the masses. The gallery has served as the bridge between filmmaker and artist.