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
Museum of the Moving Image, Astoria, NY | TICKETS
Hopewell Theater, Hopewell, NJ | TICKETS
Angelika Film Center & Cafe at Mosaic, Fairfax, VA | TICKETS 
Row House Cinema, Pittsburgh, PA | TICKETS
Ryder Film Series, Bloomington, IN | TICKETS
Angelika Film Center & Cafe, Dallas, TX | TICKETS
Angelika Film Center & Cafe, Plano, TX | TICKETS
The Tower Theatre, Sacramento, CA | TICKETS

Laemmle Royal, Los Angeles, CA | TICKETS
Angelika Film Center & Cafe - Carmel Mountain, San Diego, CA | TICKETS

Upcoming Bookings
December 11 | Webster Film Series, Saint Louis, MO 
December 13-18 | Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago, IL
December 13-19 | Dundee Theater, Omaha, NB
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
December 20-26 | Digital Gym Cinema, San Diego, CA
January 10 | TIFF Bell Lightbox, Toronto, ON
January 10 | Northwest Film Center, Portland, OR
February 1-6 | The Charles Theatre, Baltimore, MD
February 15 | Cleveland Cinematheque, Cleveland, OH
February 21-23 | The Trylon Cinema, Minneapolis, MN
March 1 | Cinematheque, Madison, WI
March 1-6 | The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX

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