Being the first narrative film ever to tell the story of any period of Shep’s life, filmmaker and Julian Marshall of Rhode Island School of Design in Washington, D.C. has created a 25-minute short film of cinema quality outlining a powerful transition in the street artist’s journey to stardom. OBEY THE GIANT is a film that covers the story of the first large bilboard that Fairey appropriated into a community-stirring news story, and took eight days to film as part of Marshall’s thesis project.

A street art piece of its own, the film caused a splash when a guerilla film-making technique involving hijacking a part of campus gave the neighborhood a jolt when they astoundingly assumed former Mayor Buddy Cianci was running again. Check out the Kickstarter project for your chance at an original Shepard Fairey piece above and a synopsis of the film below, and click here to see the full campaign.

Based on the true story of Shepard Fairey’s first act of street art, OBEY THE GIANT tells the story of a young skate punk challenging a big-city mayor and the powers-that-be at art school. Frustrated by his inability to gain respect within the confines of art school Shepard sets out to gain notoriety and acclaim by targeting the most powerful man in Providence, former Mayor Buddy Cianci. Risking expulsion and jail time Shepard plasters Andre the Giant’s face over the image of Cianci on a campaign billboard. As word of Shepard’s prank gets out, Shepard learns that art is a weapon and attention is both a blessing and a curse.