“Boom for Real” (Jean-Michel Basquiat) in US theaters May 11


Preview follows homeless Basquiat navigating culture of New York City’s Lower East Side in 1978. A report by Ryan Reed for Rolling Stone. Our thanks to Peter Jordens for bringing this item to our attention.

Filmmaker Sara Driver explores the groundbreaking teenage work of visual artist Jean-Michel Basquiat in the new documentary, Boom for Real, which hits theaters on May 11th.

The preview opens with a homeless Basquiat navigating the colorful, yet perilous streets of New York City’s Lower East Side in 1978. “The streets were so intimate,” one person says. “You could just sit on a bench and meet somebody. You could spend the whole day [with them], and you didn’t even know who they were.”


But in the late Seventies, the confluence of punk, hip-hop and graffiti culture translated youthful anger and anti-establishment angst into some of the city’s definitive art – and Basquiat was at the forefront of that movement. He used the “SAMO” tag for his intellectual designs. (Years after ascending to fame in the following decade, he died from acute mixed drug intoxication in August 1988, at age 27.)

“When people talk about Leonardo Da Vinci, and when they talk about Jackson Pollock, they will also mention Jean-Michel Basquiat,” one interviewee says in the clip.

Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiatincludes some of the artist’s previously unseen works, writings and photographs, along with period footage, music and images.

For additional information:

‘Boom for Real’ Paints a Portrait of Jean-Michel Basquiat As a Young Man
Sameer Rao, ColorLines, April 19, 2018

‘Boom For Real’ Offers a Rare Look At a Teenage Basquiat and the Late-70s New York Art Scene
David Alm, Forbes, March 23, 2018

Film title: Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat
Genre: Documentary
Director: Sara Driver
Production: Magnolia Pictures & Hells Kitten
Year: 2017
Duration: 1h 18min
Synopsis: Exploring the pre-fame years of the celebrated artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, and how New York City, its people, and the tectonically shifting arts culture of the late 1970s and 1980s shaped his vision.
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUsy5RObL2U
Website: https://www.boomforrealfilm.com

Q&A with the director Sara Driver at the New York Film Festival (October 2017)
Uploaded by the Film Society of Lincoln Center, March 2, 2018
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zB3QBiQXDX4 (21 minutes)

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