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Magnolia takes Sara Driver’s “Boom For Real”

U.S. distributor Magnolia Pictures has acquired the North American rights to Sara Driver’s documentary Boom For Real the Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat. The 78-minute film, which held its world ...
October 4, 2017

U.S. distributor Magnolia Pictures has acquired the North American rights to Sara Driver’s documentary Boom For Real the Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat.

The 78-minute film, which held its world premiere at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival, uses never-before-seen works, writings and photographs to document the renowned New York City artist at the peak of his creativity in the 1970′s and 1980′s, and how his surroundings helped form his career.

Featured in the film are interviews with artists Nan Goldin, Jim Jarmusch, James Nares, Lee Quiñones and Luc Sante, among others.

Providing their thoughts, period film footage, music, images, and anecdotes, the group help paint a picture of Basquiat’s New York, before Aids, President Reagan, the real estate and art boom. The definition of fame, success and power were very different than they were today, the doc showcases. To be a penniless but published poet was the height of success, until everything changed in the early 1980′s. This is New York City’s story before that change.

Boom For Real was produced by Driver and Rachel Dengiz. Production companies are Hells Kitten Productions, Faliro House, Le Pacte, Leopardo Filmes and Bunny Lake Films.Executive producers are Christos V. Konstantakopoulos, Jean Labadie, and Paulo Branco.

The deal was negotiated by Dori Begley, Magnolia’s co-executive VP, and John Von Thaden, Magnolia’s senior VP of acquisitions, with ICM Partners on behalf of the filmmakers.

Magnolia will theatrically release the film in 2018.

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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