With director Charlie Ahearn.
Directed and written by Charlie Ahearn
Cinematography by Clive Davidson and John Foster
Editing by Steven C. Brown
Music by Fab 5 Freddy, Chris Stein
Cast: ‘Lee’ George Quinones, Fab 5 Freddy, Patti Astor
Running time: 82 minutes
A must-see for anyone interested in the culture and history of hip hop, Charlie Ahearn’s seminal film is regarded as the first movie celebrating the emergence of what would become a worldwide phenomenon. The film’s narrative follows Ray, the city’s hottest and most elusive graffiti writer, as he struggles between staying an outlaw artist and moving into the limelight and getting paid.
A raucous and exuberant ride, Wild Style showcases graffiti, breakdancing, free-style MCing, and DJing, all original and defining elements of hip hop culture. Rare footage and appearances by Fab 5 Freddy, ‘Lee’ George Quinones, Lady Pink, Rock Steady Crew, The Cold Crush Brothers, Queen Lisa Lee of Zulu Nation, and Grandmaster Flash, all basically playing themselves, makes for an electric film experience not to be missed.
2013 marks the 30th Anniversary of the film Wild Style. Ahearn’s latest film, Jamel Shabazz Street Photographer, as well as a collection of his Hip Hop Short Films will also screen at this year’s Festival.
Download the Oct 26 interview of Charlie Ahearn on 90.1 KPFT radio Soular Grooves