BOMB IT 2 out June 2013

Just got word from director Jon Reiss that BOMB IT 2 will be released in June 2013 on digital and dvd. I am going to try to set up some kind of screening / event at the Graff Lab as I am a co-producer of BOMB IT 2. More info to come on the Graff Lab screening. Oh and check out the new BOMB IT 2 trailer. It’s pretty sweet.

BOMB IT 2 explores the indigenous street art scenes in Singapore, Bangkok, Jakarta, Hong Kong, Tel Aviv, Perth, Melbourne, Copenhagen, Chicago, Austin and the Palestinian refugee camps on the West Bank. Using a ultra compact camera and sound package, Reiss traveled by himself to film artists and writers representing a wide range of cultures, styles and beliefs including Klone, Know Hope, Great Bates, Twoone, Darbotz, Killer Gerbil and Zero, Bon, Alex Face, Sloke, Husk Mit Navn, Ash, Phibs, Stormie Mills, Beejoir, Zero Cents, Vexta, MIC, and Xeme, and many more.


Lawsuit against downtown LA NFL stadium dropped

November 6, 2012 Leave a comment

This announcement is big news for the Pico-Union neighborhood and the Graff Lab Movie. Many are concerned that the continued gentrification of downtown Los Angeles will result in the evaporation of affordable housing in Pico-Union, one of LA’s poorest neighborhoods, as well as an increase in air pollution from the spike in future road traffic. But this is a promising agreement, which will hopefully result in additional affordable housing and employment for the Pico-Union community.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Anti-poverty groups have reached an agreement in their lawsuit against Anschutz Entertainment Group’s proposed development of an NFL football stadium in downtown Los Angeles. In a joint statement Thursday, the Play Fair at Farmers Field Coalition and AEG announced the creation of a $15-million trust fund for low-income housing in Pico-Union, south LA and downtown, among other community improvements. AEG President and CEO Tim Leiweke says the legal negotiation quickly evolved into a cooperative dialogue with the community on important issues, such as affordable housing. The agreement also secures improvement projects for air quality, bus service and health in downtown. AEG is hoping to have an NFL team playing at the Farmers Field — a $1.5 billion, 72,000-seat venue — by the 2017 season.

Piece Fest Kickstarter Campaign Suspended

November 2, 2012 Leave a comment

Sometimes justice can be swift. Earlier today I got a tweet from someone who donated to the infamous Piece Fest Kickstarter campaign, which purported to benefit the Graff Lab and other after-school programs for inner-city youth but actually was just a ruse to cover post-production expenses for a reality TV pilot, executive produced by David Arquette. Turns out Kickstarter suspended PieceFest’s account and refunded all donations.

I wonder what Kickstarter’s official language was in the email that they sent out. If you got the email, I would love to see it. I am going to contact Kickstarter for a statement as well as David Arquette’s publicist. I am surprised that Kickstarter approved the Piece Fest in the first place as Rule #3 plainly states: No charity or cause funding.

My question is whether or not Kickstarter would have caught these guys without a lot of help from us. Who knows? The good news is that Kickstarter took action in less than a week. And if that isn’t swift justice, what is.

Piece Fest Kickstarter Campaign Hoax

October 27, 2012 Leave a comment

Some of you may have contributed to a recent kickstarter campaign launched by Piece Fest that pledged to raise $10,000 “for After-School Programs through a Festival filled w/Music, Street Art & a Graffiti Battle to become TV’s The Chosen One.” It sounded like a good deal, especially since the kickstarter campaign also promised to “help us help Graff Lab raise money to upgrade their facilities and provide much needed funds to expand and continue offering after-school programs.” As a Graff Lab regular, I know how badly they are in need of financial assistance, so despite my initial skepticism, I decided to help promote the campaign through twitter. Big mistake.

Omen Ferdowsi, the founder of Everyday Tomorrow Pictures and the man responsible for the misleading kickstarter campaign, told the Graff Lab yesterday that they would be receiving $0 from the $13,000 raised to support inner city after-school programs! Instead, the entire $13,000 is going to fund their bogus reality TV show pilot “The Chosen One,” which was executive produced by David Arquette. Now I have seen some shady deals in my day, but this ranks at the top of them. I know that their campaign also included language indicating that a portion of the funds raised would go toward the production of the event and the TV show, but they blatantly played on the public’s heart strings by promising to help inner-city kids. But you decide for yourself.

Our goal is to raise money for the generous people at Graff Lab who have agreed to let us use their space. We are firm believers of art as an expression of life and want to provide that opportunity for anyone with a desire. The $13,000 will allow us to put on a bigger and more enjoyable event as well as spread a little love into the world and to Graff Lab. The money raised will help Graff Lab upgrade their facilities and provide much needed funds to expand & continue offering after-school programs. So please help us help Graff Lab and inner city youth of Los Angeles.

It blows my mind that Piece Fest and Omen Ferdowsi can raise money in support of the Graff Lab and inner city youth in Los Angeles by selling “good karma for $1” and then use ALL of the money to fund their post-production needs for a crummy reality TV show pilot! That is funky. Please help spread awareness about this gross misuse of kickstarter so that Piece Fest and Omen Ferdowsi cannot run this same scam again!

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Piece Fest @ the Graff Lab

October 19, 2012 Leave a comment

Last weekend the Graff Lab was host to the 1st annual Piece Fest, a music and art fest in combination with a graffiti battle for “The Chosen One,” a reality TV pilot executive produced by actor David Arquette. I was there documenting the event for the Graff Lab Movie documentary that has been in production since June 2010. LA’s OG Abel faced off with The Massive, who flew halfway around the world from Australia to compete in the live graffiti battle. Among the judges were pro snowboarder Danny “Dingo” Kass, actor David Faustino and musician Shifty from Crazytown. It was great to see so many people come out to the event. Saler came through, Moezart, Keve, Seze, Po3ms, and many more.

Bomb It 2

Good news. I’m excited to announce that I am a co-producer of Bomb It 2, the sequel to the hit global graffiti documentary Bomb It, directed by Jon Reiss. Bomb It 2 is due out in the Fall of 2012 and will be released by New Video on iTunes. The documentary features street artists including Klone, KnowHope, GreatBates, Zero, Darbotz, Killer Gerbil, Bon, Alex Face, Sloke, Husk Mit Navn, Ash, Phibs, Stormie Mills, Beejoir, Vexta as Jon Reiss travels to Bangkok, Jakarta, Singapore, Hong Kong, Tel Aviv, the Palestinian refugee camps on the West Bank, Perth, Melbourne, Copenhagen, Chicago and Austin.

I’m especially excited because the experience gained in releasing Bomb It 2 is going to be invaluable as we gear up to release the Graff Lab Movie. Graff Lab Movie is currently in the capable editing hands of Man Bites Dog Film’s newest addition to the filmmaking family Aaron Mikel.

June 2012

I stopped by the Graff Lab over this last weekend to check in with Ricky and company. All is well of course. Ricky got the discarded Aztec or Mayan (I have no idea) statues that were decorating La Curacao restaurant on Olympic and Pico. I took some photos of the finished art gallery with artwork hanging as well, but I will post them later. In any case, the gallery is looking super professional, which blows my mind because the space used to be filled with junk and black widow spiders.