The filmmakers behind legendary graffiti documentary, Style Wars, are gearing up for a fundraiser with the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) in September to help repair the film’s damaged negatives.
On September 9, BAM will host a charity event, featuring three screenings of the film from the early ’80s, a Q&A session with filmmaker Henry Chalfant, and several of the graffiti writers and b-boys who appeared in the seminal film.
Additionally, the event will feature a fully catered reception with music provided by former graffiti writer DJ Kay Slay, who appeared in the film under his graffiti moniker Dezzy Dez.
The films 25-year-old negative stock has deteriorated over time, and to restore it, it must be digitally repaired and hopefully it will return the picture to its original clarity and intensity. But, it’s an expensive process.
Style Wars won high praise from the local graffiti writing community for its authenticity and the Grand Prize for Documentaries at the 1984 Sundance Film Festival, the first of many awards and citations. It first aired on PBS television around the country beginning in early 1984, and brought New York graffiti artists like Cap, Dondi, Skeme, Seen, Kase 2, Futura and more into the homes of the nation.
The film will screen at BAM on September 9th at 4:40, 6:50 and 9:15 PM, with the Q&A session in between the second and third screenings.