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Boom for Real – 7PM

September 28, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:18 pm


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

Friday, September 28, 2018 – 7:00 pm
Uptown Theatre, 55 Dunlop St. W., Barrie
Tickets: Adults $10, Senior/Students $8


Directed by: Sara Driver
With: Alexis Adler, Luc Sante, Fred Brathwaite aka Fab 5 Freddy, Lee Quiñones, Jim Jarmusch
Documentary, 14A for coarse language, 78 minutes (USA)


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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 documentary…is 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


Shown in partnership with the MacLaren Art Centre, Carnegie Days 2018.



September 28, 2018
7:00 pm - 8:18 pm


Barrie Film Festival


Uptown Theatre
55 Dunlop St. W.
Barrie, Ontario L4N 1A3 Canada
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