World Premiere


Documentary Competition
| USA | 83 MINUTES | English
Documentary, New York, NY Director(s), TFF Alumni
When one thinks about New York City’s art scene in the early 1980s, Jean-Michel Basquiat is typically the first name that comes to mind. Back in those days, however, Richard Hambleton was just as notorious within the city’s artistic genius circle. Not unlike today’s Banksy, Hambleton created his singular paintings—black, ghost-like silhouettes plastered on Manhattan’s buildings walls—out of plain sight, earning him a larger-than-life reputation. Just like that, though, Hambleton disappeared from the NYC art scene, succumbing to drug abuse and homelessness. Shadowman revisits Hambleton’s bygone legacy, and finds him today, still painting and unrecognized among New York City’s street art legends.

Anchored by a wealth of archival footage from 1980s New York, Shadowman recaptures a time when the city’s exteriors were grittier, its mood was more dangerous, and its culture was far less regulated. For all of its historical intrigue, director Oren Jacoby’s riveting documentary is, first and foremost, the story of one man’s redemption, as he struggles to preserve both his identity and creative gifts in the face of calamitous addictions and overwhelming personal demons..

—Matt Barone

Cast & Credits
Directed by
Oren Jacoby
Oren Jacoby has directed award-winning documentaries including: My Italian Secret, Constantine’s Sword, and the Academy Award®-nominated, Sister Rose’s Passion, winner of Best Documentary Short at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2004.
Oren Jacoby
Oren Jacoby, Tom Hurwitz, Bob Richman
Abhay Sofsky
Joel Goodman
Executive Producer
Andy Valmorbida, Julie Goldman, Christopher Clements, Carolyn Hepburn,
Oren Jacoby
Hank O'Neal, Eric Forman, Clayton Patterson
Field Producer
Maria Gabriella Pezzo
Coordinating Producer
Sam Jinishian
Richard Hambleton

International Sales Contact
Josh Braun
Submarine Entertainment
New York, NY 10013
US Sales Contact
Josh Braun
Submarine Entertainment
New York, NY 10013
Print Source
Samantha Jinishian
Storyville Films
New York, NY 10023
Phone: 203 246 8696
Press Contact
Victoria Vargas
Falco Ink
New York, 10009
Phone: 626 808 8473


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