During their stay in Paris, we will develop the idea of implementing a similar project in the countries of South-Eastern Europe.
Fatcap Express is a film about graffiti writers Geoffrey and Vincent from Rotterdam (the Netherlands). Geoffrey is really reckless with a hunger for respect. Vincent is very thought out. Both unleash their writing skills on trains and walls. Due to a series of events Geoffrey’s perspective changes throughout the story. This movie gives you a realistic, inside view in the world of graffiti art. Most outsiders don’t even pay attention to the work, let alone think about what motivates one to make it.
Fatcap Express is the first feature film written and directed by Danny “Kas” Stolker, a former graffiti writer himself who made this film as a tribute to the scene. Every piece and even the smallest tag have a story behind it, a story of an individual with his own motivation.
While it al started as one big creative adrenaline rush in the life of a rebellious teenager. Looking back at his graffiti period Danny realized his own motivation; Creating a world within the existing world by literally taking control over the way it looks. To him it did not really matter what outsiders thought of his art. But for him and his peers it made the way they experienced the world really fun. Riding the train to school or your boring job every day seeing your own name written on that train or the walls it passes in big colorful letters, makes it a really different experience. It gives you the feeling that besides everything in life that you have to do, there are also things that you choose to do.
The film was made on a really low budget. Danny invested in equipment and got some minor funding when the film was almost finished. Al the hard work paid off when the film was released, with a double sold out premiere in Rotterdam, sold out festival viewings and DVD sales. In 2011 the movie was put on YouTube by a 'fan' and after this it slowly went viral with now over 740.000 views on YouTube. Even though the film is in Dutch (with English subtitles), most of the views came from abroad. This made director Danny Stolker realize that an international follow up of the movie could even be a bigger success.