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

2017, Sara Driver, USA, 78 min.

Show Times

  • Fri, Jun 22nd 4:15pm
  • Fri, Jun 22nd 6:15pm
  • Sat, Jun 23rd 7:45pm
  • Sun, Jun 24th 5:00pm
  • Mon, Jun 25th 6:00pm
  • Tue, Jun 26th 8:00pm
  • Wed, Jun 27th 8:00pm
  • Thu, Jun 28th 8:15pm
Chicago premiere!

"More than does justice to its acknowledged subject…conveying his personal magnetism, eccentricity and non-stop creativity without romanticizing him." - John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter

"Vivid and beautifully meditative memory piece on the downtown New York art and music scene of the late 1970s and early '80s." - Chris Barsanti, The Playlist

Director Driver (WHEN PIGS FLY, YOU ARE NOT I) captures the wild, raw spirit of the young unknown Jean-Michel Basquiat through the memories and tales of friends and occasional lovers, who knew him not as the lionized art luminary on par with Andy Warhol, but as the eccentric homeless teenager struggling alongside them to eke out an existence on the desolate streets of lower Manhattan in the late-1970s. Unlike earlier films on Basquiat (including Julian Schnabel's fictionalized BASQUIAT and Tamra Davis' documentary JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT: THE RADIANT CHILD) this haunting portrait spreads its net wide, putting the tagger and enfant-terrible-to-be in the gritty context of an economically ravaged city, where a new avant-garde art and music culture was being born on alley walls, in pop-up galleries, and in venues like the Mudd Club and Club 57. Interviews include former Basquiat roommate and collector extraordinaire Alexis Adler, hip hop pioneer Fab 5 Freddy, graffiti artist Lee Quiñones, and filmmakers Driver, James Nare, and Jim Jarmusch. DCP digital. (BS)

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