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Project of the Day: Brooklyn's Flexing Culture in 'Flex is Kings'

By Indiewire | Indiewire March 22, 2012 at 4:16PM

Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite.
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"Flex is Kings"
"Flex is Kings"

Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite.

In the meantime: Is this a movie you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments.

"Flex is Kings"

Tweetable Logline:

A documentary about the hopes and realities of the under-acknowledged and totally unfunded group of Brooklyn dancers behind “Flexing.”
 
Elevator Pitch:
 
Flex is Kings is a documentary about street dance set in East New York, a highly impoverished community in Brooklyn. Despite the high crime rates, a large and growing group of young men are resisting gang life to pioneer a form of narrative dance that tells the story of their streets. Their self organized dance battle competitions involve mock gun battles as well as dream-inspired flights of fancy. The film--shot over 2 years and over 300 hours of footage--tells the story of this art form—called “Flexing”-- and focuses on some of its key personalities.
 
Production Team:
 
Director/Producer/Cinematographer: Deidre Schoo
Director/Producer/Cinematographer: Michael Beach Nichols
Editor: Christopher Kyle Walker
Additional Cinematography: Ryan Hancock
 
About the Project:
 
"While on an unrelated journalistic assignment in August 2008, I witnessed Saalim Randolph dancing at St. Nick’s Pub in Harlem. The dance I saw seemed fundamentally unique. I approached Saalim and found that his street name was Storyboard Professor and he was a celebrity among a vibrant, tight-knit community located in the poorer sections of Brooklyn. Storyboard offered to show me East New York and the variety of styles “flexing” comprises. I began to spend time shooting stills of the dance community and eventually teamed up with Mike and we began shooting live action." -- Deidre Schoo
 
Current Status:
 
Post-production.
 
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