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Lions Gate Films and blackfilm.com invites you and a guest to an advanced screening of RIZE

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 area.

Send in your name, phone number and email address to rize@blackfilm.com,  please enter "RIZE" in the subject line of your email.



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