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STYLE WARS: Legendary documentary showcases at Tribeca Film Festival
May 4, 2003

The Second Annual Tribeca Film Festival (May 3rd - 11th) in New York City will be screening a very special documentary next week. A documentary known primarily by those who are familiar with the art form called graffiti.

In 1983, filmmakers Tony Silver and Henry Chalfant produced Style Wars - the definitive tale on the beginnings of the NYC graffiti phenomena. The filmmakers interviewed numerous artists, city officials and the general public which allowed a non-biased look at this mis-understood art form.

In 2003, Style Wars will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a new two-disc DVD and will be featured at Robert Deniro’s Tribeca Film Fest. The documentary will be screened at the United Artist Battery Park Theaters - 120 North End Avenue (at Vesey St. Westside Highway). The first showing will be on Saturday, May 10th at 10:30pm in the UA 5 theater. The second showing is Sunday, May 11th at 11:30am at the Screening Room - 54 Varick Street (just below Canal Street near Laight).

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Ticket prices for the general screening will be $10 while special panel discussions and screenings will also be available (for additional costs). Call (866) 265-TIXX for ticket purchases and/or further information. As for the DVD....
Style Wars The legendary 1983 documentary on New York's kings of graffiti. The 20th anniversary 2-disc DVD release will have over 3 1/2 hours of extras including outtakes, artist galleries, feature commentary, over 200 original trains and new interviews with the filmmakers, artists and guests.

Disc 1: The Film/The Filmmakers

• Style Wars (1983, 70 minutes, color/b&w, 16mm)
• Over 23 minutes of original outtake footage
• Feature commentary by director-producer Tony Silver and producer Henry Chalfant
• Interview with Tony Silver and Henry Chalfant
• Interview with Style Wars editors Victor Kanefsky and Sam Pollard
• English subtitles for the hearing impaired
• Digitally remastered 5.1 Dolby soundtrack

Disc 2: Hall of Fame

• 32 artist galleries including new interviews, trains and rare photos of: Blade, Cap, Cey, Crash, Crazy Legs, Daze, Dez, Dondi, Doze, Duro, Duster, Frosty Freeze, IZ the Wiz, Kase 2, Kel First, Ken Swift, Lee, Mare139, MinOne, Noc 167, Paze (Erni), Pink, Quik, Rammellzee, Revolt, Sach, Seen TC5, Seen UA, Shy 147, Skeme, Tracy 168 and Zephyr
• Tributes to Dondi and Shy 147
• Guest interviews: Fab 5 Freddy, Goldie, Guru, DJ Red Alert and photographer Martha Cooper
• "Destroy All Lines" - A 30 minute loop of over 200 whole cars and burners

NOTE:   Webmaster TEAKO-170 and old school writing partner KI-ONE will be in attendance for the May 11th screening.

© 2003 Terrence J. Brady
Sources: Stylewars.com, Tribeca Film Fest and Amazon.com

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