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

Now Playing
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The Floralee Hark Cohen Cinema, Charleston, WV | TICKETS
ACME Screening Room, Lambertville, NJ | TICKETS

Upcoming Bookings
November 18 | Belcourt Theatre, Nashville, TN
November 19 | Alamo Drafthouse, Yonkers, NY

November 22 | International House, Philadelphia, PA
November 22-24 | FilmBar, Phoenix, AZ
November 25 | Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, DC
November 29-30 | Austin Film Society, Austin, TX
November 29-December 2 | Tivoli at the Nelson-Atkins, Kansas City, MO
November 29-December 5 | Cinema Detroit, Detroit, MI
November 29-December 5 | Plaza Theatre, Atlanta, GA
December 6-7 | Union Cinema, Milwaukee, WI
December 6-8 | Museum of the Moving Image, Astoria, NY
December 6-12 | Row House Cinema, Pittsburgh, PA
December 6-12 | Laemmle Royal, Los Angeles, CA
December 6-15 | Ryder Film Series, Bloomington, IN
December 10 | The Tower Theatre, Sacramento, CA | TICKETS
December 10-11 | Angelika Film Center & Cafe - Carmel Mountain, San Diego, CA | TICKETS
December 10-11 | Angelika Film Center & Cafe at Mosaic, Fairfax, VA | TICKETS 
December 10-11 | Angelika Film Center & Cafe, Dallas, TX | TICKETS
December 10-11 | Angelika Film Center & Cafe, Plano, TX | TICKETS
December 11 | Webster Film Series, Saint Louis, MO 
December 13-18 | Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago, IL
December 14-16 | Frida Cinema, Santa Ana, CA
December 16 | Enzian Theater, Maitland, FL
December 16-18 | Alamo Drafthouse, San Francisco, CA
December 18 | Globe Cinema, Calgary, AB

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
The Apohadion, Portland, ME
Indie Memphis, Memphis, TN
Living Room Theaters, Portland, OR
Time & Space Limited, Hudson, NY