Detroit Film Theatre


Friday, October 15, 2010 – Sunday, October 17, 2010

 Detroit Film Theatre

USA/2010—directed by Tamra Davis (90 min.)

The meteoric rise and fall of Jean-Michel Basquiat, born 1960, in a definitive new documentary portrait. In the crime-ridden New York of the 1970s, he covers the city with the graffiti tag SAMO. In 1981 he puts paint on canvas for the first time, and by 1983 he is an artist with “rock star status.” In 1985 he and Andy Warhol become friends and painting collaborators, but they part ways and Warhol dies suddenly in 1987. Basquiat’s heroin addiction worsens, and an overdose kills him in 1988. The artist was 25 years old at the height of his career, and today his canvases sell for more than a million dollars. With compassion and insight – and never-before-seen footage – Tamra Davis details the mysteries that have surrounded this charismatic young man, an artist of enormous talent whose fortunes mirrored the rollercoaster quality of the downtown scene he seemed to embody.

“Davis creates a dazzling sense of the ‘80s New York art scene.” –Caryn James, Newsweek
Friday, October 15, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 16, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 17, 2010 at 2:00 p.m.