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Rize (2005)

Rize

Overview


Genre

Documentary

Release Date

June 24, 2005 (Limited)

MPAA Rating

PG-13

Duration

85 min.

Studio

Lions Gate Films

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Go! Watch this movie. You'll regret if not seeing it.    Readers  Be the 1st!

Cast and Crew


Director

David LaChapelle

Producer

Marc Hawker, Ellen Jacobson, David LaChapelle

Starring

  • Tommy the Clown
  • Lil Tommy
  • Larry
  • Lil C
  • Dragon
  • Tight Eyez
  • Baby Tight Eyez
  • Miss Prissy
  • Swoop
  • El Nino
  • Daisy
  • Big X

Story


"Rize" reveals a groundbreaking dance phenomenon that's exploding on the streets of South Central, Los Angeles. Taking advantage of unprecedented access, this documentary film brings to first light a revolutionary form of artistic expression borne from oppression. The aggressive and visually stunning dance modernizes moves indigenous to African tribal rituals and features mind-blowing, athletic movement sped up to impossible speeds.

"Rize" tracks the fascinating evolution of the dance: we meet Tommy Johnson (Tommy the Clown), who first created the style as a response to the 1992 Rodney King riots and named it "Clowning", as well as the kids who developed the movement into what they now call Krumping. The kids use dance as an alternative to gangs and hustling: they form their own troupes and paint their faces like warriors, meeting to outperform rival gangs of dancers or just to hone their skills. For the dancers, Krumping becomes a way of life - and, because it's authentic expression (in complete opposition to the bling-bling hip-hop culture), the dance becomes a vital part of who they are.

Like "Paris is Burning" or "Style Wars" before it, "Rize" illuminates an entire community by focusing on an artform as a movement that the disenfranchised have created. But the true stars of the film are the dancers themselves: surrounded by drug addiction, gang activity, and impoverishment, they have managed to somehow rise above. The film offers an intimate, completely fresh portrayal of kids in South Central as they reveal their spirit and creativity. These kids have created art -- and often family - where before there was none.

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..such a vibrant eruption of motion and attitude that you can forgive the film for being disorganized and too skimpy on street-dance history..”
by Owen Gleiberman [Entertainment Weekly]
“..offers energy and passion that sure to make it the sleeper hit of the summer..”
by Christian Ghigliotty [The Cinema Source]
“..gets most of its moves right on...”
by [E! Online]