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.
Directed and Produced by: Oren Jacoby
Executive Produced by: Andrew Valmorbida, Julie Goldman, Christopher Clements & Carolyn Hepburn
Edited by: Abhay Sofsky
Cinematography by: Oren Jacoby, Bob Richman & Tom Hurwitz
Original Music by: Joel Goodman
Co-Produced by: Hank O’Neal, Eric Forman & Clayton Patterson
Field Producer: Maria Gabriella Pezzo
Coordinating Producer: Sam Jinishian