Directed by Oren Jacoby
FEATURE DOCUMENTARY 83 Minutes World Premiere
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
Documentary, New York, NY Director(s), TFF Alumni
About the Director(s)
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.

Film Info
Cast & Credits
  • Editor:
    Abhay Sofsky
  • Producer:
    Oren Jacoby
  • Cast:
    Richard Hambleton
  • Cinematographer:
    Oren Jacoby, Tom Hurwitz, Bob Richman
  • Co-Producer:
    Hank O'Neal, Eric Forman, Clayton Patterson
  • Executive Producer:
    Andy Valmorbida, Julie Goldman, Christopher Clements, Carolyn Hepburn,
  • Director:
    Oren Jacoby
  • Composer:
    Joel Goodman
  • Coordinating Producer:
    Sam Jinishian
  • Field Producer:
    Maria Gabriella Pezzo

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