Austin Film Society presents Doc Nights

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May Boom For Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat
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The Austin Film Society will present its inaugural celebration of new non-fiction films and filmmakers, Doc Nights, featuring brand-new documentary films with visiting filmmakers from the U.S. and abroad. The weekend will include events, parties, discussions, and moderated Q&As by Austin’s documentary film community. 


  • May 20 and 22: The Peacemaker - In some of the most dangerous crisis zones on earth, international peacemaker Padraig O’Malley works a peacemaking model based on his recovery from addiction. We meet him in the third act of his life in a race against time to find some kind of salvation for both the world and himself.
  • May 23 and 27: May Boom For Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat - Sara Driver returns to the director’s chair for this demythologizing portrait of a teenage Jean-Michel Basquiat adrift in the graffiti-ridden streets and nightclubs of New York City – pre-AIDS, crack, Giuliani. Using never before seen footage, artworks, and interviews with Fab 5 Freddy, Jim Jarmusch, and Nan Goldin – Driver crafts a spirited portrait of a luminary artist – eternally cool. Enigmatic, magnetic, turbulent – Boom For Real. 

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AFS Cinema
6406 N. I-35 Frontage Rd. Suite 3100
Austin, TX 78752


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