STATUS: previously in development (2009-2010 season)
DEVELOPMENT STAGE: unspecified
DESCRIPTION: (from Sundance's press release, April 2009) This series follows the dynamic life of urban artist Justin BUA, showcasing the struggle of BUA to achieve gallery and museum notoriety. Despite selling more posters than any living artist, having his work featured in video games, music videos, on skateboards and shoes, cultivating an amazing fan base, including a who's who list of private collectors, such as Eva Longoria, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jay-Z, and President Clinton, and being a professor of art at USC, BUA remains shunned by the high-end gallery and museum world. But why? Is it his urban themes, is it elitism, or is it that he is simply not good enough at this stage of his career? As the "people's artist" strives for the upper echelons of the art world and respect and recognition that is long overdue, BUA will provide candid access to his family, friends, the hustle, and the colorful cast of characters and urban culture that is celebrated in his artistic expressions, with the goal of breaking down the art establishment walls and changing the perceptions of the art world elite. Series produced by Michael Yudin, MY Entertainment.