The Kennedy Center


Wild Style 35th Anniversary Film Screening, Discussion & Demo 

Friday, March 16, 2018 7:00 PM

Hip Hop Culture

Experience the rise of early Hip Hop as documented by Wild Style, often considered Hip Hop's first motion picture, with a special screening, discussion, and demo in celebration of the 35th anniversary of the New Directors/New Film screening.

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Come see a special 35th anniversary screening of what is often considered Hip Hop's first motion picture with director Charlie Ahearn and special guests. Wild Style documented the rise of early Hip Hop and features seminal figures of the era such as Fab Five Freddy, Lee Quinones, Lady Pink, the Rock Steady Crew, The Cold Crush Brothers, Queen Lisa Lee of Zulu Nation, and Grandmaster Flash.

Join us for a post-screening discussion facilitated by Ahearn, along with special guests Fab 5 Freddy, Grandmaster Caz, and Busy Bee, along with a DJ demo by Grand Wizard Theodore, the inventor of the Scratch technique.

Film Screening and Discussion Timing: Approximately 2 hours, with no intermision.

Come early: Arrive at 6:30 p.m. to catch the “Scratch Ecstasy” slide show, which served as the rough storyboard for what would later become Wild Style, with a super-mix by Grand Wizard Theodore.

Stay late: Join us for a Wild Style themed dance party with guest DJ sets and performances by Grand Wizard Theodore and Grandmaster Caz. 9 p.m. in the Atrium.