A portrait not only of an alluring, homeless teenager who became a giant of 20th-century art, but also of the entire New York graffiti scene, hip-hop and breakdance. An era when William Borroughs' Naked Lunch and heroin were-in exciting minds-equal parts of the culture. The atmosphere of loitering, of killing time together in the most beautiful of ways is the simultaneous birth of punk and performance art. He hid under the pseudonym SAMO, painted on clothing and played in a band before it became fashionable: Jean-Michel Basquiat had extraordinary intuition that always put him in the spotlight, as rare footage from the Lower East Side proves. He created visual poetry on ruins, and subway cars were like syllables. The film reconstructs the time when he developed from a sweet adolescent into a self-conscious artist. The relationships among the women under his spell, defeated rivals and people he worked with include Andy Warhol, whose golden vampiric shadow babbles somewhere on the horizon.
Born in 1955, Sara Driver is a director. She studied in Greece and New York (with Spike Lee, among others), where she was one of the co-creators of the independent artistic scene. The director of the acclaimed You Are Not I, the cult Sleepwalk and When Pigs Fly, with Marianne Faithfull and Alfred Molina. She has also worked in theater and performance art, and produced (Permanent Vacation, Stranger Than Paradise), inspired (Broken Flowers, Only Lovers Left Alive) or appeared in films by Jim Jarmusch (Mystery Train).
1981 You Are Not I
1990 Monsters (tv, co-dir.)
1993 Kiedy świnie latają / When Pigs Fly
2018 Basquiat: nim nadeszła sława / Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat