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Filmmaker, "Basquiat"

Setting Eric Lavallee's "American New Wave 25: Class of 2010" at Ioncinema alongside Filmmaker's annual roundup of "25 New Faces of Independent Film," you'll find very little overlap but plenty of multi-tasking resourcefulness. Also in the new Summer 2010 issue of Filmmaker: Brandon Harris talking with Gaspar Noé about Enter the Void, Jason Guerrasio's interview with Amir Bar-Lev (The Tillman Story), Lance Weiler on transmedia and Anthony Kaufman: "Why Won't Kickstarter and Twitter Save Indie Film?" In its tech section, Filmmaker staff and friends recommend apps and Roberto Quezada-Dardon evaluates the latest HDSLRs.

"Tamra Davis's documentary Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child might make you weep (it did me) and might help you better appreciate a painter whose work matters enormously in the history of late-twentieth-century art." Amy Taubin for Artforum: "It achieves these ends largely though an abundance of footage of its subject at work and with a long interview that Davis videotaped in Los Angeles in 1986, two years before Basquiat's death."

Aaron Cutler in Slant: "His story has been told many times before — in Glenn O'Brien's loosely crafted 1981 fiction film Downtown 81 (aka New York Beat) about a Village artist struggling to pay the bills; in Julian Schnabel's 1996 film Basquiat, with Jeffrey Wright's alternately shambling and alert performance in the lead; and in at least seven books, including Phoebe Hoban's journalistic 2004 biography Basquiat: A Quick Killing in Art." Davis's film is "a decent introduction to a man who walked the world of SoHo, CBGB, and Andy Warhol's final days, but the more you know going into the movie, the more you sense it leaving out."

More from Melissa Anderson (Voice), Steven Boone (Capital New York), Marcy Dermansky, Stephen Holden (New York Times), Keith Phipps (AV Club, where Chris Kompanek interviews Davis) Joshua Rothkopf (Time Out New York, where David Fear interviews Davis), Matt Singer (IFC), and James van Maanen. At New York's Film Forum through August 3.

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