Chicago premiere! Film Series : Stranger Than Fiction 2018


2017, Oren Jacoby, USA, 81 min.

Show Times

  • Fri, Jan 26th 6:00pm
  • Mon, Jan 29th 6:00pm

“A wholly engaging and often gripping look at the chaotic career of troubled 1980s graffiti artist Richard Hambleton.” — Fionnuala Halligan, Screen Daily

“A captivating portrait of the modern art world, and the manner in which it repackages and resells its icons.” — Jason Bailey, Flavorwire

The rise, fall, and brief resurrection of pre-Banksy street artist Richard Hambleton, aka Shadowman, also provides a compelling look at the machinery of fame in this art-world chronicle. Dying young was not the fate of hard-living outsider Hambleton, a distinction that enhanced the viral legends of his 80s compatriots Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. His haunting “crime scene” shadow figures on the walls and in the alleys of lower Manhattan made him an underground star, but addiction and illness brought him to homelessness. Twenty years later, director Jacoby follows Hambleton’s unlikely rise from obscurity to become the reluctant toast of the high-art gallery scene. DCP digital. (BS)

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