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Behind the Scenes: The Art and Craft of Cinema with Editor Sam Pollard

Saturday, November 3, 2012
8:15 p.m. Style Wars
Tony Silver (U.S., 1984)

UPDATE: Due to the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Sam Pollard is unable to visit the Bay Area as planned. His behind-the-scenes lecture and San Francisco Film Society workshop will be rescheduled for a future date. We will screen Style Wars as planned, but unfortunately without Pollard in person to introduce the film.

One of the first films to document the emerging hip-hop culture, Style Wars journeys into the New York subway system's vast gallery of graffiti art to present a unique portrait of the artist as an angry young man, rebellious, street-smart and strangely eloquent. We meet the writers, as they are called—Skeme, Seen, Iz, Kase, Cap, Crazy Legs, Frosty Freeze, et al—who risk jail to "get their names up," as well as peripheral figures from cops to former Mayor Koch who try to analyze the work they can't comprehend. A lively parallel is drawn between break-dancers, rappers, and train-yard artists.

• Produced by Henry Chalfant. Photographed by Burleigh Wartes. Edited by Victor Kanefsky and Sam Pollard. (69 mins, Color, DigiBeta from 16mm, From Public Art Films)