The Cleveland International Film Festival promotes artistically and culturally significant film arts through education and exhibition to enrich the life of the community.
Country: United States
Run Time: 78 minutes
In the high-crime and financially defaulting New York City of the late 1970s, art became an expressive fluid that began to fill the widening cracks in culture. The decaying urban landscape became a canvas as art fled from the galleries and took to the streets. Living on those streets was the young Jean-Michel Basquiat, absorbing the energy and chaos of the times. Bringing himself to notice with stunning graffiti, Basquiat insinuated himself into every art and with every artist he could. BOOM FOR REAL is the story of the early years of a revolutionary gadfly, buzzing about the art world, challenging norms and shattering barriers. Told in a kaleidoscopic whirl of images and interviews, BOOM FOR REAL is the scrapbook of a tectonic shift in the nature and purposes of art. This is the New York City of Club 57 and the Mud Club, a time of unfettered experimentation, drugs, and genre-blending that changed everything to come. This film gives Basquiat, elusive and brilliant, his rightful spot at its center. —C.R.
Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 4:20 PM
Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 9:20 PM
Film Is Art
Nesnadny + Schwartz Portrait Documentary Competition
Reel Women Direct Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman
Sara Driver was born in 1955 in Westfield, New Jersey. She graduated from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in Virginia with a degree in theater and classics. Driver, who is married to Jim Jarmusch, taught directing in NYU’s Graduate Film School from 1996 to 1998, where she received her Master of Fine Arts degree in 1982.
You are Not I (1983), Sleepwalk (1986), When Pigs Fly (1993), BOOM FOR REAL: THE LATE TEENAGE YEARS OF JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT (2017)
Rachel Dengiz, Sara Driver