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UW Cinematheque - Sunday Cinematheque at the Chazen: 35mm Forever!

Downtown 81 | USA | 2000 | 35mm | 75 min. Director: Edo Bertoglio

Event Details

Sunday, March 1, 2020
2 p.m.
Cast: Jean-Michel Basquiat, Deborah Harry, Fab 5 Freddie
Filmed in 1981, left incomplete due to money problems, and assembled for release in 2000, Downtown 81 follows rising artist Jean-Michel Basquiat in NYC trying to move a painting while hustling for a place to sleep. Intended as a record of the bombed-out Bohemia of lower Manhattan, this collaboration between Basquiat, Bertogilo, and writer and Warhol associate Glenn O’Brien became a window on a lost world of life on the margins.