Calling all movie lovers! A special opening night screening at Moore College of Art and Design tonight at 7:00 p.m. marks the official start of the second annual One Film program. Through March 11, Philadelphians are encouraged to watch Basquiat, a film based on the life of artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Directed by Julian Schnabel, the movie follows the young graffiti artist through the ups and downs of the ’80s art scene in Manhattan. As he transitions from graffiti art to more conventional art, Basquiat allows himself to be seduced by the promise of fame, only to win it at the cost of his life.
In the coming weeks, community members are invited to dozens of events—screenings, discussions, dinners, readings, and panels—and are encouraged to draw connections between Basquiat and The Soloist, the featured selection of partner program One Book, One Philadelphia. Check out the extensive resources our staff has gathered to further your viewing experience, and search our One Film event guide. Have you seen the film already? Leave a comment below—we’d love to know what you liked (or didn’t like) about the film!
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