“Flexing” is a dance style forged in far east Brooklyn, at the dead-end of a handful of subway lines. Flex dancers channel the grittiness and crime of East New York into choreographed violence with gun movements, simulated bone-breaking, and the mimicked ripping of hearts from opponent’s chests. Through battles dancers gain respect, craft an artistic identity, and sometimes find a sanctuary from the poverty and violence that saturates their neighborhood. No other style of street-dance is this violent, scary, or beautifully theatrical. In this purely do-it-yourself scene, creativity and ambition bring a community together around frequent dance-battle showcases that have begun to attract an international audience and may catapult the best dancers into careers in theater or film.
Following a group of dancers for over two years, Flex is Kings explores the hopes and realities of this under-acknowledged and totally unfunded group of urban artists. The inner lives and imaginations of these dancers are visually realized in stylized dance sequences they have created in collaboration with the filmmakers. These stylizations lay a parallel narrative alongside a story of hope and dazzling creativity in a borough that continues to challenge expectations and influence the rest of the country.
Flex is Kings is seeking funding for a rough cut. This project is fiscally sponsored by the New York Foundation for the Arts and all donations are tax deductible. Please visit artspire.org/DirectoryDetail/tabid/95/id/1146/Default.aspx or contact email@example.com for more information.
Directed by Deidre Schoo and Michael Beach Nichols
Produced by Deidre Schoo, Michael Beach Nichols, and Christopher K. Walker
Co-Produced by Ryan Hancock, Joshua Woltermann, and Goldcrest Post NY
Cinematography by Deidre Schoo, Michael Beach Nichols, Ryan Hancock
Edited by Christopher K. Walker and Michael Beach Nichols
Associate Editor: Chih Hsuan Liang
PAs: Joseph Duva, Alexa Hubbard, Coleman Guyon, Amanda Katz, Jeremy Grinberg, Brianna Stachowski, Katie O'Rourke
Executive Producers: Edwin Sherman & Taylor Gillespie
Music by Tranimal. tranimal.bandcamp.com/
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