Last night we headed toÂ Tiny’s and the Bar Upstairs in Tribeca to join Catherine Keener, Public Art Films, the Common Good, and Leviâ€™s Film Workshop to support the benefit and auction they had put together to fund the restoration of the 1983 documentary Style Wars. The film was the first of its kind; an unprecedented look at early ’80s street culture and graffiti. It was responsible for bringing the concept of street art to the mainstream, and would emerge as a powerful and iconic snapshot of city life. The event not only honored “Style Wars” producer Henry ChalÂfant and director, the late Tony SilÂver, with the AmerÂiÂcan Spirit Award, but also raised money to restore the film’s original negatives (which are unfortunately damaged). Joy Bryant, Mary-Kate Olsen, Entourage‘s Jerry Ferrara, Spike Jonze, Beastie Boys’ Adam Horovitz were among the many who came to show their supportâ€”Horovitz DJed as well. Charlotte caught up with producer Henry Chalfant, who noted that he was hoping to come out with an HD release in order to share the film with future generations. They have been able to raise $19,384 of the $500,000 needed to restore the film. If you’d like to donate, you can make your contribution to the Style Wars restoration project here.
All photos by Patrick McMullan