Shadowman (2017)


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In the 1980s, Richard Hambleton was the Shadowman, a specter in the night who painted hundreds of startling silhouettes on the walls of lower Manhattan and, along with Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat, sparked the street art movement. After drug addiction and homelessness sent him spinning out of the art scene for 20 years, the Shadowman gets a second chance... but will he take it? SHADOWMAN plunges the viewer into the chaotic life of a forgotten artist, from early fame as a painter and denizen of the Lower East Side, through his struggles with heroin, to his surprising comeback as street art exploded to become one of the most popular and lucrative art movements in the world. Before Banksy, there was Hambleton.

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[A] fizzy, interview-laden love letter ...

Dec 7, 2017 | Full Review…

And yet, the work he is creating was stunning and powerful. The guy still had it.

Dec 6, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The story is both repellent and strangely inspiring.

Nov 30, 2017 | Full Review…

[A] heartbreaking doc ...

Nov 28, 2017 | Full Review…

Achieves its goal of shining a spotlight on its subject while delivering a fascinating true-life tale.

Apr 23, 2017 | Full Review…

It's not easy to watch. But set to the likes of Talking Heads and Blondie, the documentary succeeds as an unglamorized ode to the uncompromising '80s art scene in New York-and one talented man that it consumed.

Feb 7, 2018 | Full Review…

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