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Directed by Pappi Corsicato
FEATURE DOCUMENTARY 84 Minutes World Premiere
8:30 PM - FRI 4/28
3:00 PM - SAT 4/29
Beginning with his formative years as a Brooklyn transplant in Brownsville, Texas, Julian Schnabel: A Private Portrait chronicles the personal life and public career of the celebrated artist. The trajectory of the gregarious Schnabel’s meteoric rise to the apogee of the Neo-Expressionist movement began with his move to New York in the late 1970s.The film neatly captures the stages of his career as he moves from young art world upstart to superstar of the 1980s Manhattan art scene to his deft transition to filmmaking with lauded works like Basquiat, Before the Night Falls, and The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.

Writer/director Pappi Cosicato’s documentary is a kaleidoscopic blend of material from Schnabel’s personal archive of home movies and photographs alongside newly shot footage capturing the artist in studio and at home. Commentary from friends, family, curators, and artists including Al Pacino, Mary Boone, Jeff Koons, Vito Schnabel, and Willem Dafoe — not to mention the artist himself — completes a fascinating and complex image of one of modern art’s most boisterous and provocative figures.

—Jason Gutierrez

After the Premiere Screening: A conversation with director Pappi Corsicato and the film’s subject Julian Schnabel. Moderated by Laurie Anderson.
About the Director(s)
Pappi Corsicato was born in Naples in 1960. In 1980 he moved to New York where he studied dance, choreography and acting. Corsicato shot his first movie, Libera, in 1992 and it went on to receive international critical acclaim. His other works include The Vesuvians, Il seme della Discordia, Il volto di un’alrta, and the stage operas “Carmen” and “The Human Voice.”

Pappi Corsicato

Pappi was born in 1960. He moved to NY to study dance. He worked as assistant director with Pedro Almodovar on the set of Atame. In 1992 Pappi Corsicato shot his first movie Libera that was shown at the Berlin Film Festival where it received critical acclaim. In 1997, he joined Martone, Capuano and De Lillo in the film work The Vesuvians which was chosen for the Venice Film Festival in competition. From 1994 to date, he has created more than 40 videos centered on contemporary art. Many of these works have received recognition and awards at international festivals.

Julian Schnabel

Since his first solo exhibition at Mary Boone Gallery in 1979, Schnabel has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions: Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (1987); Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona (1995); Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt (2004); Museo Correr, Venice (2011); Brant Foundation Art Study Center, Greenwich (2013); Museu de Arte de São Paulo, São Paulo (2014); Aspen Art Museum, Aspen (2016), among many others. Schnabel made the films: Basquiat (1996), Before Night Falls (2000), The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007), Berlin (2007) and Miral (2010). His work is included in the public collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Guggenheim Museum, New York and Bilbao; Tate Gallery, London; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris. Julian Schnabel lives and works in New York City and Montauk, Long Island.

Laurie Anderson

Laurie Anderson is one of America’s most renowned creative pioneers. She is best known for her live shows, which range from simple spoken word to elaborate multimedia presentations, and innovative use of technology. As writer, director, visual artist, and vocalist, she has created groundbreaking works that span the worlds of art, theater, and experimental music.

Film Info
Cast & Credits
  • Director:
    Pappi Corsicato
  • Screenwriter:
    Pappi Corsicato
  • Editor:
    Tommaso Gallone
  • Composer:
    Gabriele Roberto
  • Producer:
    Valeria Golino, Riccardo Scamarcio, Viola Prestieri
  • Cast:
    Julian Schnabel, Al Pacino, Willem Dafoe, Bono, Emmanuelle Seigner, Vito Schnabel

  • Press Contact
    Susan Norget
    Susan Norget Film Promotion
    New York, NY 10013
    Phone: 212 431 0090
  • Print Source
    Debbie Acosta
    Cohen Media Group
    New York, NY 10022
    Phone: 646 380 7921


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