Charlie Ahearn began filming Wild Style in the South Bronx in the Fall of 1981, after developing ideas with Fab 5 Freddy for locations, and making contacts with the pioneering figures of the era. Featuring graffiti writers Lee Quinones, Sandra “LADY PINK” Fabara, Fred “FAB 5 FREDDY” Brathwaite, Andrew “ZEPHYR” Witten, Dondi White, Chris “DAZE” Ellis, Johnny “CRASH” Matos, and Michael “IZ THE WIZ” Martin, the film also included performances by Grandmaster Flash, the Chief Rocker Busy Bee with DJ AJ, the Cold Crush Brothers, the Fantastic Romantic Freaks, Double Trouble, Rammellzee and Shockdell, DJ D.St, Rock Steady Crew, the Pop IO Matics, and Electric Force. Rounding out the cast were FUN Gallery founder Patti Astor and TV Party host Glenn O’Brien.
Ahearn’s original typed pitch to raise money for the film stated that, “Wild Style is a story of teenagers in the South Bronx creating innovative and popular culture in a location usually viewed as the hopeless epitome of urban decay. Graffiti art and Rap music both sprang solely from a desire to create boldly without the support of wealth, technology, or government programs. The very best Rappers and Graffiti Artists are eagerly preparing for the action narrative, which will project this street culture to a popular audience.” Through this proposal Ahearn was able to get funding, and in turn, he stayed true to his vision.
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