FILMMAKER: Tamra Davis
REVIEWER: Becky Beamer
I’ve been on an artist roll – watching documentaries related to artist for the past couple of weeks. First, it was the Banksy’s Film – Exit through the Gift Shop. Then I started a film called How to Draw a Bunny (coming soon) and this installment of an artist’s doc is Jean-Michel Basquiat: Radiant CHild .
My day began rainy and behind schedule. I needed coffee (which is my drink of choice for this movie). As I walked to the cinema (another day at the Dunedin Film Festival) I had a wishy-washy feeling about another documentary covering the life of another famed artist. After all, I already know a lot about the artist – Basquiat. He’s awesome. I respect him and find him down right inspiring. So – the rainy movie day won out and despite me hesitation I went to the film.
The opening blew me away. It obviously had an extreme about of detail and precision put into the visuals, the words and the music. I was immediately impressed – spot on. The timing was as close to perfect as I’ve seen. I have nothing bad to say about the opening.
The story is familiar – and other than a couple little facts that Basquiat’s friends interjected throughout the film – there wasn’t too much to learn as a biography. However, I did learn a lot about Basquiat’s progression of style from friends and colleagues point of view which felt intimate. I like to learn about his intimate relationships as well. He is always intense.
The entire movie is complemented by the filmmaker’s home videos. She was a young film student when she met and started hanging out with Basquiat in LA. The footage includes B Roll of Basquiat painting, hanging around, and getting interviewed. It was beautiful – simple – and honest. It is THE reason to watch this film.
I left the theater that day very quiet – in contemplation. I wanted to think and draw.
It’s 5:10 pm.
I need supplies.
The art store closed – only open until 5pm 😦
5 out of 5 Cheers.