Art Battle LA

Art Battle LA
directed & edited by Eric Heights
written & produced by Nic Cha Kim

Los Angeles, CA – Niche.LA Video Art presents the premiere of Art Battle LA on August 30th, 2012 at 9pm on KCET’s show Open Call, a television series highlighting Los Angeles’s many vibrant arts communities including the Colburn School Conservatory of Music, UCLA Live, Los Angeles Ballet, and Live @ The Ford.

Directed by Eric Heights, Art Battle LA chronicles four graffiti artists as they “battle” in a BritWeek sponsored competition judged by Jaguar and Christopher Guy Designs. Follow along as Mear One, Man One, Inkie, and Eine spend a week together painting murals all over Los Angeles under the direction of LA Freewalls to support Hollywood Arts, a nonprofit dedicated to helping emancipated foster children living in the streets by teaching them employable arts skills.

“I wanted this documentary to reflect the new generation of artists emerging through graffiti art culture with a compassionate narrative structure that brings exclusive discussions on modern street art to a new audience,” says Director Eric Heights.

Hosted by internationally-acclaimed mezzo-soprano opera singer Suzanna Guzman, Open Call sets the stage as Suzanna gives her unique insight into the evening’s program and encourages filmmakers to provide additional commentary to help tell the story.

“We are proud to work with KCET to showcase a misunderstood art form in a more positive light. These are talented artists that do a lot for charities. We should recognize their contributions and support their work,” says Executive Producer Nic Cha Kim.

Niche.LA Video Art thanks Bob Peirce of BritWeek and Bohdan Zachary of KCET for the opportunity to tell this unique story about graffiti and street art for the sake of benefiting charity. Niche.LA also thanks all the amazing artists and dedicated crew that worked on this documentary. We couldn’t have done it without you!

Art Battle LA premieres August 30th, 2012 at 9pm on KCET in the Southern California area on the following HD channels:

Over-The Air 28.1
Charter 309
Time Warner 412
DirecTV 28
Dish Network 28
AT&T U-verse 1028

Repeats Sept 3rd at 1:30PM and Sept 5th at 12AM.