Kickstart the Shepard Fairey biopic – OBEY THE GIANT

April 19th, 2012 | By | 6 Comments »

Remember that film about Shepard Fairey that was on Kickstarter last year for about a day before the project disappeared? It didn’t actually disappear. Actually, a crew went and filmed the damn thing. Now they are back on Kickstarter looking for some funding to finish post-production. The film, OBEY THE GIANT, is directed by Julian Marshall, a 21-year old student at Shepard’s alma mater RISD. OBEY THE GIANT tells the true story of Shepard’s first major billboard takeover. It was an assignment for a class at RISD where he had to illustrate the words from a fortune cookie. His fortune read “TO AFFECT THE QUALITY OF THE DAY IS NO SMALL ACHIEVEMENT.” So he took that and ran with it. I could say more, but the trailer is one of the best things I’ve seen all year and so I don’t want to spoil it anything.

Julian is looking for another $30,000 to finish OBEY THE GIANT. The entire thing has already been shot. It would be a shame if the project never left the editing room. Can you help? As usual with Kickstarter projects, there are some great prizes in it for you if  do. Click here to visit the Kickstarter project page to learn more about the film and pledge your support.

Here’s the trailer along with some words from Julian and the film’s producer:

Looks awesome. Doesn’t it? I cannot wait to see the finished product. Go here if you’d like to support these young filmmakers and help make OBEY THE GIANT a reality.

Photo courtesy of OBEY THE GIANT

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  • tomstickler

    Gosh, I guess that Julian is too young to have seen “Andre the Giant Has a Posse” at Sundance, which WAS the first film about Shepard Fairey, and features not only Shep’s billboard caper, but an interview with Buddy Cianci.

    Buddy was so impressed with the writer/director of the film that he appointed her Providence Film Commissioner.  She had to do her work without KickStarter — old school all the way.

    Young punks these days: no respect for their elders.

  • Andrew misspeaks in the Kickstarter video. In the project description on their Kickstarter page, they are more clear and specify that OBEY THE GIANT is the “first narrative film” about Shepard. I know for a fact that Julian is well aware of that documentary. Also, there have probably been dozens of short films about the OBEY and Andre stickers since “Andre the Giant Has a Posse,” so it should be clear that Andrew just misspoke in the video and left out the word “narrative.”

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  • theillustratographer

    Have you seen that documentary? It is extremely outdated/low budget and if it were entered into Sundance today, I have many doubts it would be received in the same manner. 

    Way to tell the world how old and miserable you are by reprimanding a young, hard-working student without legitimate reason none other than for taking advantage of today’s technological resources.

  • theillustratographer

    I worked on the film and I am a friend of Julian’s, but even if I had no connection, I would probably still reply to your comment. To be honest, I doubt the documentary you speak of would be received in the same manner if it were to be submitted to Sundance today because the technology used is so dated. I’m not even sure why you are reprimanding a young student for taking advantage of today’s resources, but feeling bitter towards a body of people for existing in a different generation than yours is not a legitimate reason.