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Documentary about ‘Disco’ Dan is ambitious, disjointed

As Paul Simon has said, the words of the prophets are written on the subway walls and tenement halls. Or, in the case of the mysterious Washington, D.C., graffiti artist Dan Hogg (a.k.a. Cool “Disco” Dan), just about anywhere accessible to his can of spray paint.

“The Legend of Cool ‘Disco’ Dan” is a disorganized documentary by music video director Joseph Pattisall that uses a mishmash of pop culture history, talking heads, whimsical animation, archival footage, and family photos. With mixed success, the film attempts to show how this marginalized guy became a legend through the ubiquity of his scrawled nickname.

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