CONTACT HIGH SUMMER FILM SERIES PRESENTS: WILD STYLE
Annenberg Space for Photography has partnered with hip-hop pizza shop Delicious Pizza to host a free film screening series this summer, on the second Saturday of the month. Each showing will include a brief talk, conversation, and Q&A with the artists involved in the making of the film, a free slice of pizza, and sets by Delicious Vinyl DJs. First up will be Wild Style, hosted by CONTACT HIGH Creative Director Fab 5 Freddy, who also stars in this iconic film.
About Fab 5 Freddy: Fab 5 Freddy emerged in the late 1970s as a New York City graffiti artist who became one of the first to exhibit his paintings internationally. Along with friends and contemporaries – Futura 2000, Keith Haring, Lee Quinones, and Jean-Michel Basquiat – Fab was a key player in New York’s 1980s downtown cultural scene, instrumental in elevating graffiti into a disruptive movement that would eventually give birth to street art.
Born Fred Brathwaite in the Bed Stuy section of Brooklyn, Fab’s introduction to pop culture came courtesy of a name check on new wave group Blondies 1980s pop hit, “Rapture.” In addition to his visual art Fab co-produced, starred in, and composed the music for the cult classic film Wild Style (1983) and went on to direct music videos for numerous hip-hop stars, such as KRS-One, Snoop Dogg, Nas, Queen Latifah, and others. From the late-80s into the mid-90s, he was the original host of YO! MTV Raps, the groundbreaking show that took hip-hop culture global.
Today, Fab continues to make visual art and produce and direct projects for film and television. He recently completed post-production on a feature-length documentary he directed for Netflix titled Grass is Greener, which was released globally on April 20, 2019 (4/20) and looks at the history of cannabis, music, and criminal justice in America.
About Delicious Pizza: Delicious Pizza is a hip-hop pizza shop founded in 2015 by father-son duo Fred and Travis Sutherland and Delicious Vinyl founder Mike Ross and brother Rick Ross. Located in L.A.’s West Adams neighborhood and on the iconic Sunset blvd. in Hollywood, the restaurant’s high-quality pies and golden-era hip-hop memorabilia has made it a destination for local residents and music fans alike. Tourists in Hollywood from all over the world flock to Delicious for that unique experience of music and food. Memorabilia from the golden era of hip-hop lines the walls and the speakers are always blasting something cool from the old school.
The West Adams Block Party, one of the many community events hosted by The Ross Brother’s & Delicious Pizza; has featured artists Talib Kweli, KRS-One, Doug E. Fresh, Masta Ace, Mellow Man Ace & many others, will take place this year on Sunday Sept 1, 2019.
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Presented by Annenberg Space For Photography & Delicious Pizza.
This is an 18+ event.