BOOM FOR REAL: THE LATE TEENAGE YEARS OF JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT
A Film By Sara Driver
Opening Theatrically in May
*Official Selection – Toronto International Film Festival 2017* *Official Selection – New York Film Festival 2017*
“A treasure…one of the most transporting depictions of the Downtown New York scene”, John DeFore – THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER “Exhilarating, sensational…a loving portrait of those fabulously fucked-up bohemian days in the city”, Dennis Dermody
– PAPER MAGAZINE
A look at Jean-Michel Basquiat’s life pre-fame, and how New York City, the times, the people and the movements around him formed the artist he became, BOOM FOR REAL weaves the story of Jean-Michel and the city with never before seen works, writings, and photographs. Director Sara Driver worked closely and collaboratively with her friends and other artists who emerged from that scene: Nan Goldin, Jim Jarmusch, James Nares, Fab Five Freddy, Lee Quinones, Luc Sante and many others. As they participated in the film with their thoughts, period film footage, music, images, and anecdotes of their young friend, they helped visually tell the story of Jean-Michel’s downtown NYC — pre-AIDS, President Reagan, the real estate and art boom, and before anyone was motivated by money and ambition. The definition of fame, success, and power was very different than today — to be penniless but published poet was the height of success until everything changed in the early 1980’s. This is New York City’s story before that change.