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Directed by Alex Luster



75 minutes



Stick ’Em Up!

"Stick ‘Em Up!" filmmakers are scheduled to introduce each screening. 
After the Saturday 6:45 p.m. screening, stay for a short discussion presented by the Teen Council of the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston.

This gritty, Houston-made documentary explores the subculture of artists involved with wheat pasting, an inexpensive, provocative, and misunderstood technique for creating inner-city art. Stick ‘Em Up! 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 life span of the art: conception, creation, placement, and—ultimately—removal by the city. With commentary by legendary street artists as well as local law-enforcement officials, Stick ’Em Up! sheds light on the distinctive images that have become part of the urban landscape.

“People saw Exit through the Gift Shop and wanted more. Stick 'Em Up! covers street art from birth to death—from 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.” —Alex Luster

About the Director
Alex Luster has worked professionally in the film and TV industry for nearly two decades. Stick ‘Em Up! is his first feature-length film. In 2011, The Houston Press named him Best Documentarian in the Best of Houston Awards and chose him for the ArtAttack list of 100 Creatives. Also in 2011, he was featured in the Stoli Vodka "Originals" ad campaign. In 2012, the Houston Press named him one of the three MasterMinds winners.

Community Partner: Houston Cinema Arts Society


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