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

(Rated Unclassified 15+)

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New York City, 1978. A teenaged Jean-Michel Basquiat lives between friends' sofas and the streets of the East Village. In a few years time his extraordinary vision will disrupt the elitist art scene forever. From director Sara Driver, Boom for Real is a revealing window into the adolescent years of the celebrated painter and his milieu — from politics and hip-hop to race and punk rock. This vivid portrait of a crumbling city's iconic art world celebrates the humanism of Jean-Michel while avoiding his mystification, and allows viewers a genuine insight into the formative years of a revolutionary artist.

"Beguiling ... an enthralling tribute."
— The New York Times

Why You Should See This Film

In directing this brilliant documentary, Driver worked in close collaboration with friends and artists who emerged from the same scene: Nan Goldin, Jim Jarmusch, James Nares, Fab Five Freddy, Lee Quiñones, Luc Sante and many others. Between archival film footage, music, rare images and intimate anecdotes, Boom for Real tells the entirely unique story of downtown NYC through Basquiat's eyes.

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  • Year: 2017
  • Rating: Unclassified 15+
  • Director: Sara Driver
  • Cast: Jim Jarmusch, Patricia Field, Fab 5 Freddy
  • Duration: 78 minutes
  • Language: English
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