Downtown 81
Filmfest 2015

German Age Rating

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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

tags: History, Art, Feature film, Urban

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

Producer: Maripol

Production Company: New York Beat Films LLC

Co-Producer: Patrick Montgomery, Glenn O'Brien

World Sales: New York Beat Films LLC

Director: Edo Bertoglio