Directed by Oren Jacoby
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82 Minutes
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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.


  • Richard Hambleton
DVD Features

Over 30 minutes of bonus footage

Sound: Stereo 2.0 and 5.1 Surround Sound

Discs: 1

  • Highest Rating
    "... intense and involving."
    Fionnuala Halligan, Screen Daily
  • Highest Rating
    "... it’s the artist himself, still indomitable of spirit even while looking like a horror film character, who gives Shadowman its grotesque fascination."
    Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter
  • Highest Rating
    "[A] captivating portrait of the modern art world, and the manner in which it repackages and resells its icons."
    Jason Bailey, Flavorwire
  • Highest Rating
    "CRITIC'S PICK. This intense documentary shows a driven creator walking the walk, so to speak, in the most perverse fashion possible. The story is both repellent and strangely inspiring."
    Glenn Kenny, The New York Times

Awards & Recognition

Official Selection
Tribeca Film Festival
Official Selection
Nantucket Film Festival
Official Selection
Hot Docs
Official Selection
Stockholm Film Festival

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