Audience Award ~ Documentary
Tribeca Film Festival
Jury Award ~ Best Documentary Feature
Tribeca Film Festival
[A] heartbreaking doc.
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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.

Played at

NoHo 7, 12.08.17 - 12.14.17
Rated NR
Runtime: 81 min
Language: English

Director: Oren Jacoby

  • Nominee, Audience Award ~ Documentary, Tribeca Film Festival
  • Nominee, Jury Award ~ Best Documentary Feature, Tribeca Film Festival
FEATURED REVIEW: Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
Oren Jacoby’s documentary 'Shadowman' chronicles the life and career of Richard Hambleton, one of three figures who dominated the outsider art scene in 1980s New York. But unlike his contemporaries Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat, who, as one of the film’s commentat...