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Exit Through the Gift Shop 

When: Thu., Feb. 10, 7 p.m. 2011
Price: Free

When the world goes to sleep, street artists come out to play. As if by magic, mosaic space invaders appear on street corners, along with Andre the Giant posters on sides of buildings and black-and-white stencil messages promoting the fight against conformity. Though the artwork is brilliant, beautiful and thought-provoking, it is also illegal. And amateur documentary filmmaker Thierry Guetta risked everything to capture the process on film.

In true street art fashion, though, nothing is as it seems. Thierry, a quirky shop owner who started out by filming quite literally everything in his life, soon gets the cameras turned on him by the elusive street artist Banksy. Thierry becomes obsessed with finding him, and soon finds that his precious documentary will be about more than street artists. In a year of strong documentaries, this was one of the most controversial; it's to the credit of Academy voters that they nominated this one for best documentary Oscar. Watch the world of people who risk it all to give their art for free at 7 p.m. —Lauren Shute

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