• Sun, Oct 13 + Wed-Thu, Oct 16-17


    Dir. Charlie Ahearn, USA, 2013, 74 min., NR, Digital
    Official Website

    Part of Doctober.

    Q&A with filmmaker Charlie Ahearn via Skype after Wed, Oct 16, 8pm screening of JAMEL SHABAZZ: STREET PHOTOGRAPHER. (Ahearn will also participate in a Skype Q&A on Sun, Oct 20 after 8:15pm screening of his hip-hop classic WILD STYLE. 

    In the infancy of hip-hop, Brooklyn-born photographer Jamel Shabazz documented the pioneers of music and style who would launch an enduring worldwide phenomenon. Charlie Ahearn, the director of the seminal graffiti movie WILD STYLE (also playing Oct 20, 22-23), pays tribute to both Shabazz and those who defined hip-hop before it had definition. More than just vintage shots of kids rocking Puma Suedes, Kangols, and pin-striped Jordaches in Times Square and Fort Greene Park, Shabazz’s photographs have hundreds of (oftentimes tragic) stories behind them, and the film gives voice to these images with dozens of interviews with Shabazz himself, graffiti pioneer and hip-hop historian Fred “Fab 5 Freddy” Brathwaite, legendary rapper KRS-One, and more.

    “In a city that increasingly seems to squander the homegrown cultures that have defined it, Charlie Ahearn’s rough-and-ready, almost familial documentary, pays tribute to this pavement portraitist of the late-20th century.” —Nicolas Rapold, New York Times
    “This celebration of a pioneering visionary—who never knew that he was one at the time—is a highly worthy endeavor.” —David Noh, Film Journal International