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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
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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