The BUSK! project has always been about helping our community grow, encouraging fellow artists to experience the benefits of busking, and taking positive action toward civic change. Please watch, enjoy, and share!
BUSK! is a character-driven documentary film that explores the joys and pitfalls of performing on the street for tips. With an inquisitive and playful spirit, the story delves deep into the lives and aspirations of a singer, a magician, and a sketch artist who regularly share their art in uptown Charlotte. From love of art to local law, we live their stories.
"Playful. Serious. Educational. Very much from the heart. Audiences are allowed a real and meaningful glimpse into the lives of the main characters, and each of them is so incredibly honest and revealing, it’s impossible not to be moved. We see how each gets something unique from busking and how it factors into their lives. I really like that the end of the film puts the audience within the circle of buskers in a very participatory way, including overviews of local law that show the frustrating complexity of what is or isn’t allowed. Totally enrapturing, fun, and fast-paced. A wonderful journey!" ~ Ross Wagner, Professor of English & Film Studies
This film project is made possible by the NC Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, the Blumenthal Endowment, and the arts council of Cabarrus, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Rutherford, and York (SC) counties. The project is also fiscally sponsored by Aubin Pictures, a not-for-profit (501c3) documentary media production company in New York City focused on arts, culture, and social justice.
Rights & Sharing
This film is the exclusive copyrighted material of March Blake Media. (2013. All rights reserved.) Please share this link with anyone who would like to view the film and also feel free to host screenings using this high-quality HD version. In advance of such screenings, please post details to the BUSK! fan page on Facebook.