Wild Style, the world’s first hip hop movie, turns 30 years old this week. In celebration, Music Box Films is releasing a remastered version of the film on DVD and a week-long theatrical run in New York City.
The independently-made drama, directed by Charlie Ahearn, revolves around the life of real-life New York City graffiti artist Lee Quinones as he deals with life, work and his relationships. The film features performances by hip hop pioneers like Grandmaster Flash, Fab Five Freddy and Rock Steady Crew. It’s hard to overestimate the cultural impact of the film, which inspired a number of films about the hip hop, including Style Wars and Krush Groove.
The film was voted as one of the top ten rock and roll films of all time by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and has been exhibited as part of a 1980s art retrospective at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston.
The 30th Anniversary Edition of the DVD — out October 1 — will be loaded with bonus materials, including commentary by Ahearn as well as a 48-page booklet written by the director, featurettes about the film and interviews with the film’s players.
New Yorkers can see the film a one week theatrical engagement at the IFC Center, starting Friday, September 27 through Thursday, October 3. Director Charles Ahearn will be on hand for Q&A sessions for the 9:55pm shows on Friday and Saturday night.