filmtopia presents BOOM FOR REAL: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat Prytania Theatre Friday, July 20 at 9:15PM Sunday, July 22 at 8PM Tuesday, July 24 at 2:30PM Thursday, July 26 at 12PM Local artist John
BOOM FOR REAL: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat
Friday, July 20 at 9:15PM
Sunday, July 22 at 8PM
Tuesday, July 24 at 2:30PM
Thursday, July 26 at 12PM
Local artist John Isiah Walton here introducing the film and display some of his Art which was inspired by Basquiat.
BOOM FOR REAL: THE LATE TEENAGE YEARS OF JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT follows 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. Directed by Sara Driver
John Isiah Walton (B.1985, New Orleans, La) is an emerging artist with a strong conceptual streak who often bespeaks a stinging social commentary. His use of wit and irony addressing the constructs of race and class is irreverent yet sensitive. Walton’s scheme is to connect a politically correct discourse (Hank Willis Thomas) with politically incorrect humor (Richard Prince). Male artists who exploit sophomoric humor often mask the fact that they have difficulty in satirizing human dilemmas with depth. Walton is not of that school.
(Sunday) 4:52 pm - 4:52 pm
5339 Prytania St