POST BY PADDY JOHNSON
Still from Exit Through the Gift Shop
I made a mistake. Yesterday I wrote a post complaining that Marc Schiller had received payment for the marketing he did for Exit Through The Gift Shop, a documentary on the street artist Banksy, when in fact he had not. John Sloss, the man heading up the film’s distribution with Producers Distribution Agency, confirmed this to be the case this afternoon over email.
In all fairness to Schiller, I would have done better to have just taken his word for it Sunday night, rather than jump to the conclusion that his claim had to be false. Truth be told, it never occurred to me that anyone would so aggressively promote a movie over twitter and Wooster Collective without payment. I was wrong. In my opinion though, it’s disrespectful to bombard readers coming to Schiller’s blog for street art with non-stop Banksy action.
I said this to Schiller over the phone this morning, which frankly didn’t win me any points, especially within the larger context of an apology. I did however eventually manage to communicate my regret for publishing an inaccurate conflict of interest claim. As far as I can tell from our conversation, Schiller’s worst crime is being an uber annoying fan boy who’s over zealous promotion left a sour taste in the mouths of many.