Born in Binghamton, New York (1951) The book "Wild Style The Sampler" by Ahearn was published in 2007 on the 25th anniversary of that movie.
Wild Style is an American 1983 hip hop film directed and produced by Charlie Ahearn. Released theatrically in September 1982 by First Run Features and later re-released for home video by Rhino Home Video, it is regarded as the first hip hop motion picture. The film included seminal figures such as Fab Five Freddy, Lee Quiñones, Lady Pink, The Rock Steady Crew, The Cold Crush Brothers, Queen Lisa Lee of Zulu Nation, Grandmaster Flash and Zephyr.
In a fleeting shot of a graffiti-adorned wall, you can make out one of Keith Haring’s radiant babies. Patti Astor, as the journalist Virginia, is in some ways a surrogate for Ahearn
One way is to note the terrible acting, thin and predictable plot, and the cheap production look. The other way is to focus on the performance clips. Of course there was always the Hollywood thrown in there at times, but you can see where Beat Street took a lot from Wild Style. I love both movies because there are not - to my knowledge - any others that give a sense of what it was about during a pre-hiphop time. For me, it was about being a B-Boy and this was a way of dress, style and attitude that incorporated the various elements of what would later become known as hiphop. Back then, you were either a B-boy or B-girl. Whenever I watch it, I always wonder about the people who were not in the film?
By the time Wild Style came out, my crew and I had developed some dancing skills. We were by no means established, but we had recognition within that very Scandinavian street-culture scene. Being a dancer and a part of this movement was a very influential part of my youth. I met the filmmaker Charlie Ahearn in 1980 at the Times Square Show, which was sort of our equivalent of the 1913 ‘Armory Show’. Charlie’s twin brother John was a sculptor. And that’s how Wild Style got made. And it aired on German TV before it was even in movie theatres in the US! The kids recorded it, because you guys had VCRs before we did - maybe that’s how your friends first saw it - it began to hit the streets, and the video recordings began to circulate around Europe.
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Filmmaker Tony Silver follows young graffiti artists and breakdancers - including future legends Haze, Cap, Dondi, Crazy Legs, and a young DJ Kay Slay (then a graf writer known as Dez) - around NYC in this groundbreaking PBS documentary about the burgeoning subculture known as hip-hop. After directing a series of music videos, notably Ice Cube 's "It Was a Good Day" and Coolio 's "Fantastic Voyage," F. Gary Gray made an impressive leap to full-length features with this Nineties comedy classic.