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A new documentary about Banksy artwork is coming to Minnesota

Someone literally took down part of a wall to save a Banksy painting – this film chronicles the response.

Back in 2010, Banksy – while on a tour for Exit Through the Gift Shop – put some of his artwork up in San Francisco.

Most of it was taken down quickly, within days; washed off or painted over because, well, it's technically illegal graffiti.

But then there's this one: A man named Brian Greif literally had a piece of a wall with Banksy artwork on it taken down and preserved. He hoped to keep it for others to enjoy for longer than 48 hours – then came offers of hundreds of thousands of dollars from people who wanted to buy it, as well as disgust and resentment from other graffiti artists.

It's this saga that the new film Saving Banksy chronicles. And the documentary will make its Minnesota premiere later this month in Minneapolis.

The film will be at the Parkway Theater Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m., for a one-night-only showing, organizers announced Monday. Tickets are $10, and can be bought here.

"The film is the true story of one misguided art collector’s attempt to save a painting by infamous British street artist Banksy from destruction and the auction block," reads the promotional description. "It asks the question, ‘What would you do if you woke up one morning and found a million dollar Banksy spray-painted on the side of your building?’"

Here's the trailer for the film:

The Minneapolis showing will be introduced by Chank Diesel, an artist and type designer whose work (as The Current wrote about) can be seen in Prince materials, the Hunger Games movies, and Crayola crayon boxes.

The film includes interviews with street graffiti artists Ben Eine, Risk, Revok, Niels ‘Shoe’ Meulman, Blek Le Rat, Anthony Lister, Doze Green, Hera and Glen E Friedman, according to the release. It's directed by Colin M. Day and narrated by Paul Polycarpou. It debuted on Jan. 13.

You can check out the generally good reviews here on Rotten Tomatoes, or on Metacritic.

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