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Carbon – Friday

Tonight marks the start of Carbon Festival in Melbourne. Kicking things into play for the weekend comes a special 30th Anniversary screening of seminal hip hop documentary, Style Wars – a movie that switched a world full of rebellious teenagers on to the expressive artform of graffiti.


Original documenters of the scene, Martha Cooper and Henry Chalfant will be in attendance (if they’ve recovered from jetlag in time) to host a Q&A session on the movie. The screening, which itself is presented by Aussie paint brand, Ironlak, is exclusive to Carbon ticket holders.

The rest of the weekend encompasses a series of talks from the top independent creative minds from around the globe. Forums focus on four main areas of discussion:

Building a Brand, Contemporary Art & Design, New Media, Film & Photography

Other highlights include the Adidas’ Colliderscope on the Saturday – a chance for creatives to collide under the influence of music from Swick (Mad Decent) and visuals from Eness – and New Era are hosting a Sneaker Freaker swap meet on the Sunday.


Style Wars….the Outtakes

I really don’t need to explain what “Style Wars” is but suffice to say none of us would be here writing about this stuff without it. Well fans are in for a treat as Henry Chalfont has hours of additional archive but he needs your help take the original analogue footage and digitise it, in order to preserve what he captured.

We’re talking all the big hitters here – more scenes of Rock Steady Crew and Dynamic Rockers, more interview footage with  Skeme (and his mom!), Kase 2,  SEEN, Dondi and all the other characters that made the original cut such a stunning piece of work.

In Henry’s own words:

“The original footage is damaged and fading. Fortunately, it will be possible to repair using digital technology. It will cost $28,000 to save and restore the outtakes. Saving the best outtakes is an important component of our overall project to restore the entire negative of the film and make an HD master which will preserve the record of the first painted trains in their original vivid colors.”

So  far around $18k has been raised with only a week left to raise the funds…if you can spare a little cash do it. There’s no risk, if the $28k isn’t raised the money isn’t taken from your account. But if it is, you’ll get your name in the credits and much more.

Pledge here