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ARTS Missoula
ARTS Missoula Presents: a series of free screenings which celebrate the creation of art for art's sake.

In 1980, writer and Warhol associate Glenn O’Brien, Swiss photographer Edo Bertoglio, and Jean-Michel Basquiat, a graffiti innovator and noise music artist who’d just begun to exhibit his paintings, hit the streets of lower Manhattan to make a movie about the bombed-out bohemia that they knew, with a script by O’Brien, Bertoglio directing, and Basquiat, a naturally compelling presence, starring. Left incomplete due to money problems and assembled for release in 2000, Downtown 81, which follows Basquiat trying to move a painting while hustling for a place to sleep, became a window on a lost world of life on the margins and crazy creative ferment. Featuring John Lurie, Fab 5 Freddy, and Debbie Harry, with musical performances by DNA, James White and the Blacks, and Kid Creole and the Coconuts—and Manhattan in all its mangy glory.


Cast: Jean-Michel Basquiat, Debbie Harry, Fab 5 Freddy, John Lurie
Director: Edo Bertoglio
Duration: 72 min
Released: 2000
Genre: Documentary
Downtown 81