Kick Start: Style Wars… The Outtakes

By - Friday, November 4th, 2011

Henry Chalfant is leading a campaign to raise the funds necessary to preserve all of the original footage from 30 hours of 16mm film shot in 1981-82 to make Style Wars. This Kickstarter campaign gives you an opportunity to support a good cause and pick up some nice additions to your collection like the Style Wars DVD, A photograph by Henry Chalfant, or even an original painting by Crash. ABOUT THIS PROJECT One of the questions people always ask us is, “What’s in the outtakes?” STYLE WARS was originally edited to its 69 minute length from about 30 hours of 16 mm film that we shot in 1981 and 1982. Hours of exciting and wonderful scenes in the extra footage that didn’t make it into the finished film need to be restored. There are many shots of trains and some surprising masterpieces rescued from oblivion. Like these outtakes, from the 2-disc DVD set: Hours of additional amazing footage are in the archives. There are more scenes from the B boy battle at United Skates of America between the Rock Steady Crew and the Dynamic Rockers, and more interviews with Skeme and his mom, Dez, Kase 2, Shy, Seen, Dondi and all the other kings and characters that people have grown to love. But this history is threatened. The original footage is damaged and fading. Fortunately, it will be possible to repair using digital technology. It will cost $28,000 to save and restore the outtakes. Saving the best outtakes is an important component of our overall project to restore the entire negative of the film and make an HD master which will preserve the record of the first painted trains in their original vivid colors. Directed by Tony Silver and produced by Tony Silver and Henry Chalfant, STYLE WARS was awarded the Grand Prize for Documentaries at the 1983 Sundance Film Festival. The film is considered the indispensable document of New York Street culture of the early ’80s, the record on film of a golden age of youthful creativity that exploded into the world from a city in crisis. Kickstarter rewards available for a pledge to the Outtakes project: Visit the Style Wars Kickstarter page here.

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