Art of the Prank is an emotional and humorous journey following the evolution of Skaggs, Godfather of the media hoax, as he tries to pull off the most challenging prank of his career. This is interwoven with amazing archive footage of his earlier escapades-all reported as fact by prestigious journalists. The resulting twists and turns provide unprecedented insight into Joey’s work as an artist, activist and social satirist. Directed and produced by Andrea Marini of Relight Films, the film has received numerous awards including the 2016 Slamdance Jury Honorary Mention for Documentary Feature, the 2016 Alhambra Theatre Film Festival Best Documentary award, and the 2016 Jury Prize for Best Feature at the San Francisco DocFest.
Skaggs is also credited with the formation of the Earlville Opera House as we currently know and love it, now celebrating its 45th anniversary season. Having purchased the historic Earlville Opera House in an effort to save it from demolition, he then donated the EOH to a local volunteer group with the understanding and promise that its lifelong function would be to benefit the community, and that it would never be sold for profit. Today, the Earlville Opera House welcomes over 10,000 patrons annually and hosts both world-renowned and local musicians and visual artists in its historic 1892 theater. For more information on how Skaggs saved the EOH from the wrecking ball, please visit his site.
Art of the Prank will screen Saturday August 27 at 7 pm, with a Q&A with Joey Skaggs to follow. A reception with Skaggs will begin at 6 PM. Tickets are $10. The Earlville Opera House is wheelchair-accessible with a ramp and a lift. For more information, call 315-691-3550 or visit www.earlvilleoperahouse.com.