Style Wars

“There’s two styles of graffiti that are trying to, you know, co-exist with each other. But it ain’t gonna work like that. Blood Wars, buddy. Blood Wars.” –Cap

Style Wars is the legendary hip-hop documentary and a timeless film classic, the indispensable record of a golden age of youthful creativity and exploding hip hop subculture.

Directed and produced by Tony Silver and photographer Henry Chalfant, Style Wars was awarded the Grand Prize for Documentaries at the Sundance Film Festival in 1984. New York’s Tribeca Film Festival, at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, and numerous other festivals, where it screened with Style Wars :ReVisited, its new companion film, produced from the new 2-disc package recently named Best DVD of the Year by The Onion.

With the abridged one-hour broadcast premiere of Style Wars on PBS and Britain’s Channel Four in 1984, the world received its first full immersion into the phenomenon that had taken over New York City. The urban landscape had been physically transformed by graffiti artists, who invented a new visual language to express both their individuality, and the voice of their community. Style Wars captures the look and feel of New York’s ramshackle subway system as the graffiti writers’ public playground, battleground and spectacular artistic canvas. Opposing them by every means possible were Mayor Edward Koch, the police, and the New York Transit Authority. Meanwhile, MC’s, DJ’s and B-boys were rocking the city with new sounds and new moves, as street corner breakdance battles became performance art. (Excerpt from main website)

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