United States 2017, 78 min, English, Hebrew subtitles
Born from the flames, gunfire and shattered windows of the Lower East Side of 1970s New York, Jean-Michel Basquiat was a guided missile of charisma. Even before his big break, his work (graffiti, music and freaky fashion designs) had a sense of urgency about it that drew other artists to him, making him a hard man not to be around. Though still anonymous, Basquiat found himself at the heart of the beautiful chaos that was the New York art scene. Nan Goldin, Jim Jarmusch, Luc Sante and many others fill in the missing chapter in Basquiat’s tragically short life story: how a wildly talented Black teenager became the star of a scene where he was the last person anyone had expected to see.
Previous Festivals:TIFF, NYFF, IDFA
Production: Rachel Dengiz, Sara Driver
Editing: Adam Kurnitz
Cinematography: Adam Benn
Driver’s other film credits include producer in Jim Jarmusch’s Permanent Vacation, Stranger Than Paradise, Tom Waits music video It’s All Right With Me and co-producer of Uncle Howard by Aaron Brookner. Besides the film career, Driver also taught directing at New York University’s Graduate Film School (1996-98).