Infamy

Credits:

Director and Cinematographer Doug Pray
Supervising Producer Roger Gastman
Executive Producers Kevin Lewis, Tes Tesfay, and Quincy Jones III
Produced by Grant Cihlar and Nancy Cihlar, 1171 Production Group
Edited by Lasse Jarvi
Music by Garron Chang
Additional Music by DJ Z-trip
A presentation of Paladin Entertainment, in association with 1171 and QD3 Entertainment

INFAMY explores the lives of seven individuals who are obsessed with graffiti and follow that obsession into the most unexpected places. A camera follows Los Angeles legend Saber by night as he dangles on the supports of a billboard hovering twenty stories up, and by day into the city's Museum of Natural History, where he is featured in an exhibition about the L.A. River. New Yorkers Earsnot and Claw cover the City's surfaces with their tags in the face of their graffiti minority status as openly gay and female, respectively, and then into their jobs as icons in the Downtown fashion scene. Philadelphia's Enem and Los Angeles' Toomer tour their intricate murals for murdered friends, as well as their rapidly styled tag signatures, which they frankly prefer. San Francisco's Jase heads to paint freight trains that will take his art throughout North America, then to his day job in graffiti-specialized spray paint distribution. Finally, there's Joe Connolly "The Graffiti Guerrilla," who makes the removal of Los Angeles graffiti his daily passion. Woven throughout these individuals' stories are their families and neighborhoods; and for every preconception of who is a graffiti writer that they fulfill, there's one that turns out dead wrong.

To make INFAMY, Pray teamed up with writer, researcher, and creative advisor Roger Gastman who founded and published While You Were Sleeping magazine. (Gastman was also a consulting producer for Banksy's "Exit Through the Gift Shop", authored the Harper Collins book, The History of American Graffiti, and co-curated "Art in the Streets" at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.) Gastman's first-hand knowledge of the graffiti world allowed access and trust among the graffiti writers portrayed in the film.

"I didn't want to make another 'scene-movie' or general overview of a subculture and its history. Instead, we set out to create a more hard-hitting, personal portrayal of the pain and joy of being addicted to the only illegal art form there is." Pray said, adding, "These are intensely passionate individuals, they are incredibly talented at destroying surfaces with spray paint, and they don't like cameras… What more could you ask for in a subject?"

The Infamy DVD was released nationwide in 2006 by Image Entertainment after premiering in 35 cities around the world with RESfest and as a part of the Scion Route 06 Film Tour. It still plays regularly on Showtime and other cable venues.