Henry Chalfant and Tony Silver‘s Style Wars has got to be my favorite filmed document of “olde” New York (along with 80 Blocks…) and Hip Hop culture, ever. Over the years, I’ve stretched the course of its 69-minute run time into a countless days/weeks worth of views, rewinds, and re-rewinds; I can probably reenact most of it, word-for-word. Gargantuan personalities and quotables for days.
Now we hear whispers of the eternal classic catching a second (or third, if you count the DVD) breath of life. Henry, himeslf, has started a Kickstarter to get a companion brand new film done from the hours of outtakes still in the vault.
One of the questions people always ask us is, “What’s in the outtakes?”
STYLE WARS was originally edited to its 69 minute length from about 30 hours of 16 mm film that we shot in 1981 and 1982. Hours of exciting and wonderful scenes in the extra footage that didn’t make it into the finished film need to be restored. There are many shots of trains and some surprising masterpieces rescued from oblivion.
My name will be on that list.