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Program 6: Beyond the Stage

Rize (86min, 35mm, 2005 – USA)
Dir. David LaChapelle

A Visual Miracle... A Knockout – Rolling Stones Magazine
The worst part of sitting through RIZE is the sitting down – New York Post
Infectiously energetic and inspiring – Village Voice

photo by David LaChapelle

Rize reveals a groundbreaking dance phenomenon that’s exploding on the streets of South Central, Los Angeles. Taking advantage of unprecedented access, this documentary film brings to first light a revolutionary form of artistic expression borne from oppression. The aggressive and visually stunning dance modernizes moves indigenous to African tribal rituals and features mind-blowing, athletic movement sped up to impossible speeds. “Rize” tracks the fascinating evolution of the dance: we meet Tommy Johnson (Tommy the Clown), who first created the style as a response to the 1992 Rodney King riots and named it “Clowning”, as well as the kids who developed the movement into what they now call Krumping. The kids use dance as an alternative to gangs and hustling: they form their own troupes and paint their faces like warriors, meeting to outperform rival gangs of dancers or just to hone their skills. For the dancers, Krumping becomes a way of life – and, because it’s authentic expression (in complete opposition to the bling-bling hip-hop culture), the dance becomes a vital part of who they are. The film offers an intimate, completely fresh portrayal of kids in South Central as they reveal their spirit and creativity. These kids have created art – and often family – where before there was none. - DL

David LaChapelle was born in Connecticut in 1969. He trained as a fine artist at North Carolina School of the Arts before moving to New York. Upon his arrival LaChapelle enrolled in both the Arts Student League and the School of Visual Arts. Andy Warhol offered him his first professional job shooting for Interview magazine. Recently ranked among the top ten Most Important People in Photography in the world by American Photo, he has continued to garner numerous awards.

David LaChapelle’s photographs have been exhibited in numerous galleries and museums in US, Italy, Austria, Germany and UK. In 1996, David released his debut book, “LaChapelle Land” that soon became a bestseller. The book assembles an explosive mix of celebrities and models including Madonna, Leonardo DeCaprio, Pamela Anderson, Uma Thurman, Marilyn Manson, Alexander McQueen, Mark Wahlberg, Drew Barrymore, and Elton John.

David LaChapelle’s unfettered images, both bizarre and gorgeous, have appeared on and in between the covers of Italian Vogue, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, i-D, Vibe, Interview, The Face, British GQ, etc. In addition to his still photography LaChapelle directs music videos for select artists including Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears, Avril Lavigne, No Doubt, Whitney Houston, Moby, Macy Gray, Blink 182, Elton John, Christina Aguilera, and The Vines. His haunting video for Moby’s “Natural Blues” was named as Best Video of the year (2000) at the MTV Europe Music Awards, and was also nominated in the U.S., in the MTV Video Awards’ “Best Male Artist” category, and for best “Visionary Video” at the VH-1/ Vogue Fashion Awards.


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