Metrograph Pictures

Downtown 81 Poster
Downtown 81
Director: Edo Bertoglio
1981 / 72 / 35mm
Cast: Jean-Michel Basquiat, Debbie Harry, Fab 5 Freddie, Kid Creole and the Coconuts, Tuxedomoon, The Plastics, Debbie Mazar, Cookie Mueller, Lee Quinones

Producer: Maripol; Executive Producer: Michael Zilkha

Upcoming Bookings
April 15-19 | Museum of Fine Art, Boston, MA
April 29-May 3 | Speed Art Museum, Louisville, KY

In 1981, 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 Five 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.

Previous Bookings
Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, CA
The Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, FL
Metrograph, New York, NY
The Apohadion, Portland, ME
Indie Memphis, Memphis, TN
Living Room Theaters, Portland, OR
Time & Space Limited, Hudson, NY
The Roxie, San Francisco, CA
The Beacon Cinema, Seattle, WA
Belcourt Theatre, Nashville, TN
Alamo Drafthouse, Yonkers, NY
ACME Screening Room, Lambertville, NJ
BAMcinematek, Brooklyn, NY
International House, Philadelphia, PA
Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, DC
The Floralee Hark Cohen Cinema, Charleston, WV
FilmBar, Phoenix, AZ
Austin Film Society, Austin, TX
Plaza Theatre, Atlanta, GA
Tivoli at the Nelson-Atkins, Kansas City, MO
Cinema Detroit, Detroit, MI 
Union Cinema, Milwaukee, WI
Hopewell Theater, Hopewell, NJ 
Angelika Film Center & Cafe at Mosaic, Fairfax, VA
Webster Film Series, Saint Louis, MO
Angelika Film Center & Cafe, Dallas, TX
Angelika Film Center & Cafe, Plano, TX 
The Tower Theatre, Sacramento, CA 
Angelika Film Center & Cafe - Carmel Mountain, San Diego, CA
Laemmle Royal, Los Angeles, CA
Row House Cinema, Pittsburgh, PA
Ryder Film Series, Bloomington, IN
Frida Cinema, Santa Ana, CA
Enzian Theater, Maitland, FL 
Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago, IL
Alamo Drafthouse, San Francisco, CA
Globe Cinema, Calgary, AB
Dundee Theater, Omaha, NE
Museum of the Moving Image, Astoria, NY
Digital Gym Cinema, San Diego, CA
Suns Cinema, Washington, D.C.
TIFF Bell Lightbox, Toronto, ON
Northwest Film Center, Portland, OR
The Charles Theatre, Baltimore, MD
Cleveland Cinematheque, Cleveland, OH
The Grand Cinema, Tacoma, WA
The Trylon Cinema, Minneapolis, MN
Texas Theatre, Dallas, TX
Cinematheque, Madison, WI
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX