The Style Wars Restoration Project

Style Wars

With Exit Through the Gift Shop doing so well on the festival circuit and getting great reviews in its theatrical release, now is the perfect time to help out a great classic documentary that paved the way for graffiti artist and graffiti docs. The Style Wars restoration project is a group dedicated to the remastering and restoration of this classic documentary that profiles the rise of NYC graffitti artists in the early 1980’s. Here’s some info on the film and the project:

Globally recognized as the indispensable document of New York Street culture of the early ’80s, Style Wars is the visual record of a golden age of youthful creativity that exploded into the world from city in crisis.

Style Wars has had an extraordinary impact around the globe, inspiring succeeding generations of youthful fans. Winning high praise from the local graffiti writing community for its authenticity and the Grand Prize for Documentaries at the 1984 Sundance Film Festival, the first of many awards and citations. Style Wars screened on PBS television around the country beginning in early 1984.

Style Wars was originally edited to its 69-minute length from about 30 hours of 16mm film shot in 1981 and 1982. The original negatives have become damaged during the many years they have been in storage. Fortunately, it will be possible to repair it, using digital technology, painstakingly working on each damaged frame. But it must be done NOW. The restored film will have unprecedented sharpness and clarity and the vibrant colors of the painted trains will be revealed in their original intensity. Most importantly, the restoration of Style Wars means that future generations will be able to enjoy and learn from this visual artifact of New York street culture.

The Style Wars Restoration Project has partnered with to kickstart fundraising efforts.

Help by donating here:

For those of you who don’t know how Kickstarter works, the Style Wars Restoration Project MUST raise the total amount stated in their goal — $100,000 — in order to receive any of the money people have donated. They’ve got some great incentives to donate — aside from taking part in saving this film — so If you want to be a part of this project and help restore this classic doc, head over to their kickstarter page or click on the widget in our sidebar and take part!

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