This story is part of True/False Conversations, a series of in-depth interviews with the filmmakers of this yearâ€™s True/False Festival.Â Find the rest of themÂ hereÂ orÂ download the podcastÂ on iTunes.
Ushio Shinohara was a â€śrowdy, confrontational" young artist, seemed destined for fame after moving to New York City in the late 1960â€™s. He hung out with Warhol. Heâ€™d been part of Japanâ€™s post-war avant-garde movement, most well-known as the â€śboxing painter,â€ť for his exhibitionist art where he would dip his cloth-bound hands in ink, and punch his way down a canvas. But his full potential was never realized.