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

Documentary | 14A | 78 min


Uptown Theatre 1 Fri, Sep 28, 2018 7:00 PM
Film Info
Event Type:Screening
Release Year:2017
Rating:14A for coarse language
Production Country:USA
Original Langauge:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Sara Driver
Cast:Alexis Adler
Luc Sante
Fred Brathwaite aka Fab 5 Freddy
Lee Quiñones
Jason Isaacs
Jim Jarmusch
Produced By:Rachel Dengiz
Sara Driver


"What's admirable about the film is how Driver gives the cross-pollinating forces of music, media, fashion and art such concise, firsthand exploration." Nathalie Atkinson, Globe and Mail

"What's refreshing about Sara Driver's look-back the frisky, contemplative, ground-level angle it takes on its hype-magnet of a subject." Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times

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 were very different than today to be a 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.


Nominated - Best Documentary and Direction, Cleveland International Film Festival, 2018

This program is sponsored by Busch Systems, Netgain, The Peggy Hill Team - Keller Williams Broker,, Restorations by Rodgers/Renovations by Rodgers, Storage Mart, Venable Park Investment Council Inc., William Moore Solutions ink