BOMB THE SYSTEM DIRECTOR: ADAM BHALA LOUGH
Palm Pictures' Bomb the System is the first fiction film to feature graffiti art as its central theme since the 1980s. The film is set in New York City and was shot on location. It loosely parallels many real life New York events including the painting of a historic landmark. It is the first feature length film by director Adam Bhala Lough. Several well known graffiti artists participated in the production of the film, including LEE Quinones and CHINO BYI.
The film has done well on the festival circuit. Amoung other awards it won "Best Feature" at the San Francisco Independent film festival and was screened at the Tribecca film festival. It made its theatrical debut in 2005.
Photos by Melissa Soltis
Anthony 'Blest' is one of the most talented and notorious graffiti artists in New York City. Despite the tragic loss of his older brother during a nightly 'bombing' foray with a graffiti crew, Anthony has the same insatiable addiction. With the other members of his 'crew,' Justin and Kevin, Anthony parties, shoplifts spray-paint and 'tags' virgin walls with his signature 'Blest.' He does his best to avoid run-ins with the cops and hostile rival crews, but can't he avoid the pressure from his mother to attend college, and from his girlfriend to leave New York with her. As tensions rise, a physical threat from the cops causes the crew to intensify their bombing excursions, calling an all out war on the city. When the inevitable confrontation happens, a tragedy results that pushes Anthony to make a decision that has darker consequences.
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