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Shadowman
The chaotic life of painter Richard Hambleton and the incredible story of Street Art, from the first splashes on the walls on NYC’s Lower East Side to today’s worldwide explosion.
Shadowmen

PREMIERING AT THE TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL APRIL 21st, 2017

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