Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat (15)

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Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat (15)

1hr 18mins | English

Directed by Sara Driver

Featuring Alex Adler, Fab 5 Freddy, Patricia Field, Jim Jarmusch

Toronto International Film Festival

Synopsis

Filmmaker Sara Driver’s exploration of the pre-fame years of the artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, offers a window into his life and the City of New York, 1978-81, illustrating how the city, the times and the people around him informed the artist he became and shaped his vision.

A fresh perspective on the movements that touched and inspired him, as well as the influence a bankrupt, violent city had on this seminal artist, the film shows how Basquiat has become, over the years, the ultimate representation of this period, fed by its politics, the rise of both hip-hop and punk rock, race issues and the art scene itself.

Reviews

"new film from Sara Driver is an unequivocal cause for celebration ... Basquiat's art - raw, inventive, socially engaged - continues to speak to us even as the artist himself cannot"— New York Times

"pinpoints the moment when the graffiti world pivoted, without knowing it, into the art world"— Variety