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The film documents in detail the life of Tachowa, a man who lived in the water tank Banksy tagged "This Looks A Bit Like An Elephant." Read more

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The film documents in detail the life of Tachowa, a man who lived in the water tank Banksy tagged "This Looks A Bit Like An Elephant."

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On a dusty construction site outside of Los Angeles, a man who calls himself Tachowa lives ingeniously within eclectic confines of a lonely, rusting tanker that does, indeed, look a bit like an elephant.

Rigged with electricity and appointed with thoughtful clusters of art, household goods and all the flotsam and jetsam that any home accumulates over time, the tanker afforded Tachowa with a comfortable, simple place to eat, sleep and live.

That is, until international pop culture icon and clandestine street artist Banksy, himself notorious recluse, painted seven words on the side of Tachowa's home: "This looks a bit like an elephant."

Rumored to be in LA to attend the Academy Awards for his controversial film "Exit Through the Gift Shop," Banksy left an indelible mark not only on the tanker, but also on Tachowa's life. As the anonymous wok gained attention, the spotlight was also thrown on the tanker's resident, prompting an eviction and creating an intense flurry of speculation and ugly property ownership assertions that are yet to be resolved.

This film documents in detail the life of Tachowa and his creative living situation before and after it was thrown into disarray, and explores mental illness, life and death, art, pop culture and the power of serving others.

After three years of filming, this production has yielded a monstrous, fascinating bank of raw footage, and the final step of post-production is at hand. This has been a labor of love and is something much bigger than anyone anticipated. It's our hope that you will find interest in supporting us complete this so we can be a conduit for what we believe is a very powerful message. With festival season rapidly approaching, there is a real sense of urgency to complete the film. Please help with your contribution.

Is home really where you make it? What makes art "art"? And what is the value of a home, both in terms of dollars and sense?

Here are some links with additional information/footage......

http://blog.vandalog.com/2011/03/before-banksy-that-elephant-tank-was-a-mans-home/

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/did-banksys-latest-work-bring-misery-to-a-homeless-man-2246336.html

http://blogs.independent.co.uk/2011/05/02/film-suggests-that-banksy%E2%80%99s-elephant-did-bring-misery-to-a-homeless-man/

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