MySpace page: http://www.myspace.com/qualityoflife
via the press release:
Quality of Life spins a gripping narrative tale around the controversy regarding the legitimacy of "street art" and laws that criminalize it...
Director Benjamin Morgan has spent over a decade as a social worker within the juvenile system. A former at-risk kid himself, Morgan's connection to today's youth culture accentuates the film's drama verite style.
Independently made (with $30,000 from art shows and friends/family) and distributed, Quality of Life is a dramatic feature that takes its title from the expression used by Rudy Giuliani to equate graffiti with murder, on a "continuum of disorder."
Starring Lane Garrison, currently filming a recurring role on FOX TV's Prison Break and former graffiti writer Brian Burnam and a strong supporting cast that includes legends from the underground art and music scene like Sam Flores, TopR, and Tajai from Souls of Mischief/ Hieroglyphics...
The film successfully opened in New York this spring and sold out its opening weekend without paid print or online advertising thanks to an innovative marketing effort. "Everyone told us we needed a pile of cash to open in New York," said producer Brant Smith. "We did it for free with MySpace. This is revolutionary for indie film distribution," says Smith. After running 5+ weeks as the Top Filmmaker on MySpace Film, the film went on to decisively win the first MySpace Film Users Choice Award.
The film won the Special Mention Jury Award at Berlin (2004) and the Best Youth Film Prize at Stockholm (2005), as well as selling out screenings at Gijon, Seattle, Cinequest, and the San Francisco Film Arts Festival of Independent Cinema (all in 2004).