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

The film follows Jean-Michel Basquiat’s life pre-fame and 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 – 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.

"Driver knows cool, and, to borrow from one of New York's current crop of aspirant hipsters, she was there, so the results are thorough, a fine primer for anyone who, like the film's Basquiat, is refining their nose for culture."

Phil Coldiron, Cinema Scope

"[a] vivid and beautifully meditative memory piece on the downtown New York art and music scene of the late 1970s and early '80s..."

Chris Barsanti, The Playlist

"A treasure for those interested in Downtown New York's heyday and a demythologized Basquiat."

John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter

Movie Info

Directed by Sara Driver
78 Minutes

CINEMA ADMISSION:

REGULAR ADMISSION: $11
REAL ART WAYS MEMBERS: $6
SENIOR & STUDENT MEMBERS: $5.50
SENIORS (65+): $8
FULL-TIME STUDENTS (WITH ID): $8

REAL ART WAYS' FACILITIES ARE WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE. ASSISTED LISTENING DEVICES ARE AVAILABLE AT THE CAFÉ.