On Sunday Oct.3, TVCTV(Treasure Valley Community Television) and the Flicks are proud to bring an exclusive screening to Boise: Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child. The documentary is wowing critics and moviegoers across the country and has been chosen as “Official Selection” at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and the 2010 SxSW Film Festival. (Trailer: http://jean-michelbasquiattheradiantchild.com/)
The film centers on a rare interview with Basquiat shot more than 20 years ago by director and friend Tamra Davis, and chronicles the young artist’s meteoric rise and fall. It begins in the 1970s in crime-ridden New York City as Basquiat 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.”
Basquiat was 25 years old at the height of his career, and today his canvases sell for more than a million dollars. With compassion and psychological insight, Davis details the mysteries that surround this charismatic young man, whose fortunes mirrored the rollercoaster quality of the downtown scene he seemed to embody.
The doc features interviews with: Julian Schnabel, Larry Gagosian, Bruno Bischofberger, Tony Shafrazi, Fab 5 Freddy, Jeffrey Deitch, Glenn O’Brien, Maripol, Kai Eric, Nicholas Taylor, Fred Hoffmann, Michael Holman, Diego Cortez, Annina Nosei, Suzanne Mallouk, Rene Ricard, Kenny Scharf, among many others. Follow @BasquiatDoc on twitter; become a fan of Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child on Facebook.
“Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child is a remarkably rich documentary possessing depth, range, insight and compassion.”
– Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
“Lively and touching doc combines insider view of its art-star subject with smart present-day interviews.”
– John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter
This film is part of the “great docs and great talks” TVCTV benefit series now in its seventh year at the Flicks. Proceeds help support the Treasure Valley’s only community TV station. “TVCTV continues to fuel freedom of speech in our community and we are proud to be able to bring this stellar documentary that shows the power of freedom of speech to Boise,” said Peter Lutze, Professor in the Communication Dept. at Boise State University.
What: Exclusive screening of Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child
When: 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3
Where: The Flicks Theater, 646 Fulton Street
Tickets: $11 available at TVCTV or the Flicks. Call 343-1100. Support your local public access television station and promote freedom of speech.