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

(Sara Driver, 2017)

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As a counterpoint to the countless saintly and iconic portraits of the painter, Boom for Real focuses on the five years before Jean-Michel Basquiat became an artworld superstar.

As a counterpoint to the countless saintly and iconic portraits of the painter, Boom for Real focuses on the five years before Jean-Michel Basquiat became an artworld superstar. A ground-level view of the artist as a person, not a legend, this transporting documentary also offers a compelling glimpse of the downtown New York art and film scenes of the late 1970s. Told by Sara Driver, herself a staple of those heady scenes, the film is filled with archival footage and interviews with Basquiat’s friends at the time (many of whom are now famous as well), including musician Fab 5 Freddy, filmmaker Jim Jarmusch, writer Luc Sante, and others. (78 mins., DCP)

“In a world where Black people were not celebrated, he did it; he blew the roof off that sucker!”

Felice Rosser on Basquiat

jean michel basquiat Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat, image courtesy of Magnolia Pictures. Photo: Robert Carrithers.
a group photo of jean michel basquiat and two others Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat, image courtesy of Magnolia Pictures. Photo: Robert Carrithers.
a photo of jean michel basquiat with his chin rest on his hand Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat, image courtesy of Magnolia Pictures. Photo: Robert Carrithers.
a close up portrait of jean michel basquiat Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat, image courtesy of Magnolia Pictures. Photo: Robert Carrithers.
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Rohauer Collection Foundation

SUPPORT FOR THE FILM/VIDEO STUDIO PROGRAM

Institute of Museum and Library Services

National Endowment for the Arts

GENERAL OPERATING SUPPORT FOR THE WEXNER CENTER

Greater Columbus Arts Council

Ohio Arts Council

The Columbus Foundation

Nationwide Foundation

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