BOOM FOR REAL The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat
U.S. Premiere · Q&As with Sara Driver on 10/8 and 10/11
This film has no current screenings
Q&As with Sara Driver following the screenings on 10/8 and 10/11
Sara Driver’s documentary is both a celebration of and elegy for the downtown New York art/music/film/performance world of the late 1970s and early ’80s, through which Jean-Michel Basquiat shot like a rocket. Weaving Basquiat’s life and artistic progress in and out of her rich, living tapestry of this endlessly cross-fertilizing scene, Driver has created an urgent recollection of freedom and the aesthetic of poverty. Graffiti meets gestural painting, hip hop infects rock and roll and visa versa, heroin comes and never quite goes, night swallows day, and everybody looms as large as they feel like looming on the crumbling streets of the Lower East Side.