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Boom For Real: The Late Teenage Years Of Jean-Michel Basquiat
Born and raised in Brooklyn by a Haitian father and Puerto Rican mother, Jean-Michel Basquiat gate-crashed New York's flourishing art scene in the early 1980s, drawing inspiration from his surroundings for distinctive drawings and paintings. Documentary filmmaker Sara Driver explores the period in the late 1970s shortly before this big breakthrough, when the teenage Basquiat was finding his voice in Reagan-era New York City before the spectre of Aids cast a long shadow over the city and its denizens. Her film creates a mosaic of period film footage, music and images to evoke the mood of the era and illustrate the vivid reminiscences of Basquiat's friends and fellow artists such as Fab Five Freddy, Patricia Field, Jim Jarmusch, James Nares, Glenn O'Brien, Lee Quinones, Luc Sante and Kenny Scharf.