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Rated NR · 88 min. · 2010

Filmmaker Tamra Davis (Guncrazy, music vids) bases this worshipful, fact-filled documentary on interview footage she shot with the late New York painter in 1986, two years before he died of a heroin overdose at the height of his fame. A parade of art-world admirers – Julian Schnabel, Kenny Scharf, Fab 5 Freddy, Bruno Bischofberger, et al. – explains the meaning of Basquiat: he bridged the gap between the street graffiti scene and the high-art realm with his influential, boundary-defying canvases, and it made him a millionaire. A sad, unfulfilled millionaire, it seems. Put this on a double bill together with Schnabel’s 1996 narrative dramatization Basquiat and let the ironies flow (88 min.).

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Director: Tamra Davis

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