Film - Museum Brandhorst | Sparkling and Wild: ’80s New York in Film


Directed by Charlie Ahearn


Director: Charlie Ahearn
Section: Museum Brandhorst | Sparkling and Wild: ’80s New York in Film
Country: USA
Year: 1982
Language: English
Version: Original version
Cast: Lee Quiñones, Lady Pink, Fab 5 Freddy
18+ (no age rating)


A cult portrait of the times that honors hip-hop, b-boys, and graffiti art along with their leading visionaries.

Raymond aka Zoro, a budding graffiti artist, takes us to the South Bronx in the 1980s. In this hardscrabble world of streetball and MC battles, the Downtown art scene meets Uptown graffiti culture. This globally acclaimed hip-hop film showcases the offbeat culture of graffiti, breakdancing, rap, and turntablism.

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Photocredits: Martha Cooper


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Meet the director


Charlie Ahearn

Charlie Ahearn was born in Binghamton, New York, in 1951. He moved to New York City in 1973 to participate in the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Independent Study Program. While making films in the years that followed, he was introduced to the local hip-hop scene. His feature film WILD STYLE, released in 1983, was an enormous success, as was the soundtrack, which features numerous Old School legends.



Screenplay: Charlie Ahearn, Fab 5 Freddy
Director of Photography: Clive Davidson, John Foster
Film Editor: Steve Brown
Composer: Fab 5 Freddy, Chris Stein
Producer: Charlie Ahearn
Co-Producer: Jane Dickson, Fab 5 Freddy