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

Opens Friday, May 11

The documentary is a window into the life of the painter Jean-Michel Basquiat and the City of New York, 1978-81. It is a comprehensive look at the movements that touched and inspired him as well as the influence a bankrupt violent city had on this seminal artist. Jean-Michel has become, over the years the ultimate representation of this period. All the many things that were going in the city fed through him – politics, hip-hop, punk rock, race issues and the art scene.

“One of the most transporting depictions of the Downtown New York scene (in a field crowded with docs, memoirs and fictions — some by artists who weren’t alive at the time), Sara Driver’s Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat more than does justice to its acknowledged subject, partly by refusing to divorce him from his context. Conveying his personal magnetism, eccentricity and non-stop creativity without romanticizing him, the doc also serves as another chapter in the ongoing effort to rescue Basquiat from his own hype. It makes an excellent counterpoint to Tamra Davis’ 2010 Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child, which focused on his years in the spotlight, and to Julian Schnabel’s biopic. Of the three films, one guesses that many who knew the man will appreciate this one the most.” – The Hollywood Reporter

  • Country USA
  • Running Time 78 minutes
  • Director Sara Driver
  • Editor Adam Kurnitz
  • Cinematographer Adam Benn
  • Cast Alexis Adler, Fab 5 Freddy, Patricia Field, Jim Jarmusch, Coleen Fitzgibbon, Luc Sante