Film Recommendations – October 2020

October 5, 2020


This month’s films take us to the streets to celebrate street art in New York, Berlin, San Francisco, Hollywood, along the U.S.-Mexico border, Cleveland, and Philadelphia.

Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child

Not Rated | 1hr 28min | 86% Rotten Tomatoes

Featuring extensive interviews conducted by Basquiat’s friend, filmmaker Tamra Davis, the production reveals how Basquiat dealt with being a black artist in a predominantly white field. The film also explores his rise in the art world, which led to a close relationship with Andy Warhol, and looks at how the young painter coped with acclaim, scrutiny and fame.

Where to Watch

Stream: Amazon Prime
Rent: iTunes, Amazon
Buy: iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, YouTube

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Rated R | 1hr 31min

Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Doug Pray (Hype and Scratch) who teamed up with writer, publisher, and graffiti guru Roger Gastman, the movie takes you deep into the world of street legends Saber, Toomer, Jase, Claw, Earsnot, and Enem. You’ll also meet Joe the “Graffiti Guerrilla” Connolly, a notorious “buffer” who paints out graffiti on his neighborhood’s walls. This film takes us from the streets of the South Bronx to the solitude of a San Francisco tunnel, from high atop a Hollywood billboard to North Philadelphia for a lesson in “Philly-style tags,” from the Mexican border to a Cleveland train yard.

Where to Watch
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This is Berlin Not New York

Not Rated | 1hr 10min

In 2007, ten New York-based artists traveled to Berlin for ten days with one purpose: to experience life artfully. They put on an exhibition in a local gallery, displayed artworks on the street, transformed an abandoned building into an original work of art, and connected with Berlin artists.

Where to Watch
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