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

Please Note: This film is no longer showing at Railroad Square Cinema

MIFF guest Sara Driver has made her first film since she was here in 2014: BOOM FOR REAL, which plunges us into the world of Lower Manhattan in the late ’70s, a time of urban devastation and astonishing  artistic restoration and innovation, focusing on a funny, magnetic graffiti artist who was later to become known to the world as one of the century’s greatest artists, Jean-Michel Basquiat. 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 – pre-AIDS, President Reagan, 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. “Transporting!” —The Hollywood Reporter. Unrated. 78 Min.