Release Date: June 24, 2005
Distributor: Lions Gate Films
Director: Dave LaChapelle
Producers: Marc Hawker, Ellen Jacobson, David LaChapelle
"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.
A few winners will receive the following prizes:
T-Shirts, Hats, Rize cards, Rize Sneak Peak DVD, and posters
If you live in New York you could win passes to the screening
that is being held on:
New York: Tuesday, June 21, at 7:30PM @ a Manhattan Theater.
All you have to do is enter your information below starting
June 16, 2005. Winners will be notified by E-mail. No purchase
necessary. Each pass is good for 2 people. GOOD LUCK!!
All entrants MUST be residents of NEW YORK CITY or surrounding
ONLY ONE ENTRY PER PERSON PLEASE!.
Send in your name, phone number and email address to firstname.lastname@example.org, please
enter "RIZE" in the subject line of your email.