1h 18m | Directed by Sara Driver | USA | Documentary
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Fri, June 15, 2018
Screening + Q & A
7:30 p.m. ONLY
Sat, June 16
7:30 | 9:15
Sun, June 17
5:30 | 7:30
Join us for an in-person Q & A with Boom for Real‘s producer Rachel Dengiz and critic and curator Carlo McCormick (who is featured in the film) after the 7:30 p.m. show on Friday, June 15 ONLY.
Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat follows Basquiat’s life pre-fame and details how New York City, the times, the people and the movements surrounding him formed the artist he became. Using never-before-seen works, writings and photographs, director Sara Driver, who was part of the New York arts scene herself, worked closely and collaboratively with friends and other artists who emerged from that period: Jim Jarmusch, James Nares, Fab Five Freddy, Glenn O’Brien, Kenny Scharf, Lee Quinones, Patricia Field, Luc Sante and many others. Drawing upon their memories and anecdotes, the film also uses period film footage, music and images to visually re-recreate the era, drawing a portrait of Jean-Michel and Downtown New York City — before AIDS, President Reagan, and the real estate and art booms – before anyone was motivated by money and ambition. The definition of fame, success and power were very different than today – to be a penniless but published poet was the height of success, until everything changed in the early 1980s. This is New York City’s story before that change. (Magnolia Pictures)
An unequivocal cause for celebration. Director Sara Driver pays him a proper and enthralling tribute.
Glenn Kenny | New York Times Critics Pick | Full review
Vivid and beautifully meditative. It shows how one of the most emblematic American artists of the late 20th century found his voice in the rubble.
Chris Barsanti | The Playlist | Full review
Better than fresh, it’s also surprising. Sara Driver has in many ways crafted the perfect documentary film, presenting a new story about a subject you might think you already know everything about.
Shayna Nys Dambrot | Village Voice/LA Weekly | Full review
Driver does a great job of showing how Basquiat’s graffiti smears were more than just a subjective piece of art but also spoke candidly to social commentary on race, poverty, and oppression.
Jamie Broadnax | Black Girl Nerds | Full review