Directed by Sara Driver • 2017 • United States
Starring Jean-Michel Basquiat, Michael Holman, Fab 5 Freddy
BOOM FOR REAL: THE LATE TEENAGE YEARS OF JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT tells the story of the legendary artist’s life before he was famous and how New York City, the times, the people, and the movements surrounding him shaped who he became. Using never-before-seen works, writings, and photographs, director Sara Driver collaborated with fellow friends and artists who emerged from the same scene: Jim Jarmusch, James Nares, Fab Five Freddy, Glenn O’Brien, Kenny Scharf, Lee Quiñones, Patricia Field, Lucy Sante, and many others. Drawing upon their memories and anecdotes, BOOM FOR REAL recreates the heady world of late-1970s New York, offering a vivid portrait of Basquiat and downtown Manhattan before AIDS, President Reagan, and the real-estate and art booms—an exhilarating era before anyone was motivated by money and ambition.