Ben Cannon directed and produced Big Bad Art, a forthcoming comedic documentary set in the New York art world. The project was selected “crowdfunder of the week” by Movie Maker Magazine, and hailed by Vice co-founder Gavin McInnes, the Wikipedia-appointed “godfather of hispterdom” himself, who declared “this rules.”
Cannon, 33, holds a degree in Southern Studies from Ole Miss. That obscure degree proved unexpectedly useful to Cannon, who has worked on a handful of reality TV shows set in the mythological South.
A Mississippian by birth, Cannon recently moved to his ancestral home of New Orleans, where there hangs a painting of his great-great-grandfather, to whom many people say Cannon bears an uncanny resemblance. His relocation to New Orleans was preceded by a three-year period in New York City, where he worked in production and picked up odd jobs in the art world, like the time a blue chip artist paid him $30/hour to collect any blue-colored trash found along the streets of Williamsburg.
In 2010, the mayor of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, recognized Cannon with an official proclamation from the Town of Jackson thanking him for his contributions to the community during the five-year period he was a local newspaper reporter there.
Big Bad Art is Cannon’s debut picture.