Shot in 1980/81 and completed in 1999/2000. A day in the life of the artist as a broke young man just before his famous collaboration with Andy Warhol.
"DOWNTOWN 81 not only captures one of the most important artists of the twentieth century as he is poised for frame, but also captures one of the most vital periods in American culture, with the explosion of new wave music, new painting, hip hop and graffiti."
Quinzaine des Réalisateurs 2000
Cast: Jean-Michel Basquiat, Anna Schroeder, Giorgio Gomelsky, Deborah Harry, Fab 5 Freddy
Screenplay: Glenn O'Brien
Director of Photography: John McNulty
Film Editor: Pamela French
Composer: Maripol, Glenn O’Brien
Sound: Robert Maier
Production Company: New York Beat Films LLC
Co-Producer: Patrick Montgomery, Glenn O'Brien
World Sales: New York Beat Films LLC
Director: Edo Bertoglio