By ALI NADERZAD – July 14, 2010
There’s a new Basquiat documentary, this time made by Tamra Davis, a filmmaker who was friends with the New York artist and has earned her stripes directing TV series (“My Name is Earl,” “Ugly Betty”), music videos and the occasional feature film (“Half-Baked” and “Billy Madison”). In “Basquiat: The Radiant Child” Davis chronicles the classic tale of the rise and fall of a one-of-a-kind individual along a pretty straightforward timeline except that she introduces never-before-seen interview footage of Basquiat with commentary from friends and art-world luminaries. Definitely worth a trip to the local theatre.
“Jean-Michel Basquiat: the radiant child” will open at Film Forum on July 21.