NYC: As we ramp up for next month’s big RBMA/ego trip Filmmatic hip-hop documentary film night , we’ll be screening another rarely publicly screened hip-hop film next week at the Maysles Cinema in Harlem. The Big Break Dance Contest is a very cool, largely forgotten early ’80s TV special in which NYC b-boy crews competed for a chance to appear in the film Beat Street and other prizes. The screening takes place on Thursday, March 28th , and Duce Martinez of the Dynamic Breakers, Kim-a-Kazi of the Dynamic Dolls and Loose Joint of the Fantastic Duo/Elite Force – all of whom appear in the film – will be in attendance for the post-film Q&A. Get tickets, HERE . More info on the film below.
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Maysles Cinema: Originally aired on New York’s WABC in 1983, The Big Break Dance Contest documents a Tri-State wide b-boying competition at world-renowned NYC nightclub The Roxy. The prize: $2500, an appearance on music video program New York Hot Tracks and a role in the film Beat Street . Hosted by actress Leslie Uggams and WKTU radio legend Carlos DeJesus, produced by Larry Rickel and featuring an oddball crew of celebrity judges (e.g. footballer Hershel Walker, soap opera stars Debbi Morgan and Darnell Williams and New York Knick legend Earl “The Pearl” Monroe amongst them), it’s a highly entertaining time capsule of early ’80s pop culture. But beyond the headspins, windmills and electric boogie maneuvers (provided by dance crews like the Magnificent Force, Uptown Express, the Fantastic Duo, the Flash Dancers, Larry Watson and Jason Twigg, the Heartbreakers, and the Dynamic Breakers), it’s a reverential celebration of hip-hop at one of its early high points of global influence. A brief video package featuring Afrika Bambaataa that precedes the compeititon touts hip-hop as, “The first youth culture since the ’60s [to] put a premium on individual imagination.” And it don’t stop…
WHAT: The Big Break Dance Contest screening with guests Duce Martinez (Dynamic Breakers), Kim-a-Kazi (Dynamic Dolls) & Loose Joint (Fantastic Duo/Elite Force)
WHERE: Maysles Cinema, 343 Lenox Ave. (b/t 127th & 128th Streets), NYC 10027
WHEN: Thursday, March 28, 2013, 7:30pm
HOW: $10 suggested donation; Buy tix, HERE