Film: "Wild Style"

Date & Time
Sunday, April 9, 2017 2:00 pm
No Registration Required
About this Event
Venue: African American History and Culture Museum Event Location: Oprah Winfrey Auditorium Cost: Free tickets required. Get Tickets: Related Exhibition: Kung Fu Wildstyle This event is held at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Oprah Winfrey Auditorium. In person: Charlie Ahearn, director Watch the trailer.  The film that inspired Kung Fu Wildstyle’s title is a colorful time capsule of the creative cauldron of hip hop and street art in 1980s New York City. Charlie Ahearn’s docudrama features appearances by Fab 5 Freddy, Grandmaster Flash, the Cold Crush Brothers, Lady Pink, and other icons of the era. It stars Lee Quinones in a version of himself: a graffiti artist hustling his way to art world success while trying to woo his capricious girlfriend. What resonates today is Ahearn’s focus on the creativity and exuberance of the people he documents. He also captured the then-devastated South Bronx as an urban wasteland crisscrossed by trains on elevated tracks, which street artists of the day turned into monumental pop art. (Dir.: Charlie Ahearn, United States, 1983, 82 min., Blu-ray)

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