Watch this, stay up all night and make something beautiful

Racism. The bohemian lifestyle. Mo’ money, mo’ problems. The basic human need to please your loved ones. These could easily be topics in multiple films, but all had places in the life of artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Without knowing too many details about his legacy, I saw Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child last night and walked away with my ambition levels cranked higher and the thought that man, I really missed out by not being a part of the late 70s and early 80s Manhattan art scene. I’d recommend it because there are a lot of things creatives will relate to, but I really liked how the documentary is told through a series of interviews with the man himself and those who knew him well. It allowed me to understand just how much thought he put into his work and how painting being perceived for the elite really bothered him. The film may have rolled through your city and is still playing in San Diego and San Francisco through Thursday. Boston, Minneapolis, Philly, DC – you’re next. If you’ve had a chance to see it, I’d like to hear what you thought.