Kenny Scharf: When Worlds Collide

Director: Malia Scharf, Max Basch Run Time: 77 min. Rating: NR Release Year: 2020

Starring: Irving Blum, Jeffrey Deitch, Kenny Scharf, Steven Hager

Country: Brazil, United States
Language: English

“A rollicking portrait…proudly champions outsiders and iconoclasts”

– Pat Mullen for POV Magazine

About the film:

Official Selection of the 2020 SXSW and DOC NYC.

When Kenny Scharf arrived in NYC in the early 1980s, he quickly met and befriended Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. The trio would change the way we think about art, the world, and ourselves. But unlike Haring and Basquiat, who both died tragically young, Scharf lived through cataclysmic shifts in the East Village as well as the ravages of AIDS and economic depression.

Made over 11 years, When Worlds Collide is about the art of fun, about living life out loud, despite setbacks, and about pop art icon Kenny Scharf’s particular do-it-yourself, high-tone, technicolor artistic vision.

About the filmmakers:

Malia Scharf is a producer, writer, actor and first-time director based in Brooklyn, NY. Her short film Kenny Scharf: More, Newer, Better, Nower, Funner screened at MoCa Los Angeles in 2011. Beyond filmmaking, her larger mission is to create spaces where artists bring education, healing, and art to communities.

Max Basch is a visual artist and director based in Brooklyn, NY. He graduated from Bard College with a degree in Photography and Philosophy and has since focused his attention on the art of cinema and its powers of conveyance. Beyond directing, he also works as a cinematographer and editor. This is his feature film directorial debut.

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