Director: Tony Silver Run Time: 74 min. Format: DCP Rating: NR Release Year: 1983
Starring: Eric Haze, Kase 2, Spank, Demon, Ed Koch, Trap
Nitehawk and Noisey present a special one night screening of STYLE WARS with a post screening Q&A with producer Henry Chalfant & special guests (TBA), moderated by Sacha Jenkins.
Style Wars is regarded as the indispensable document of New York Street culture of the early ’80s, the filmic record of a golden age of youthful creativity that exploded into the world from a city in crisis. It captured the look and feel of New York’s ramshackle subway system as 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 MCs, DJs and B-boys rocked the city with new sounds and new moves and street corner breakdance battles evolved into performance art.
New York’s legendary kings of graffiti and b-boys own a special place in the hip hop pantheon. Style Wars has become an emblem of the original, embracing spirit of hip hop as it reached out across the world from underground tunnels, uptown streets, clubs and playgrounds.