We began tracking Flex Is Kings about a year ago while the filmmakers were nearing the end of a very successful Kickstarter campaign, knowing it was only a matter of time before its official arrival on the festival scene. Thankfully that long-awaited debut takes place this week as part of the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival, which kicks off tomorrow in New York City.
Set in East New York, one of the city's most dangerous neighborhoods, Flex Is Kings follows a group of dancers who've attempted to channel their neighborhood's lust for violence into these truly incredible underground stage productions that are beautiful and angry and purposeful. Here's the trailer they cut for the Tribeca premiere.
Our own Katie Calautti managed to check out the film ahead of its premiere this Thursday, so we asked for her brief thoughts on it:
"I had goosebumps for the entirety of Flex Is Kings - from the awe-inspiring body movements to the kinetic cinematography, thrumming score by Tranimal and fascinating candid moments with dancers - it's a film that commands your attention. It's an inspiring and poignant glimpse at an underground dance movement embraced by one of Brooklyn's most dangerous neighborhoods - an incredibly moving portrait of men struggling to escape their circumstances by devoting themselves to a scene not yet fully recognized or understood by the mainstream dance world."
You can find out more about Flex Is Kings over at Tribeca's website, and for another look at the movie feel free to scope out the Kickstarter trailer, embedded below. We'll have more on the film following its official premiere.
Flex Is Kings looks at the culture of flexing, a unique and vibrant dance form in deep Brooklyn, and the realities of the dancers who practice it. We, the filmmakers, have followed a group of dancers for over two years and have shot over 275 hours of film.
Flex dancing channels the grittiness of East New York into choreographed violence: guns battle, bones break, and hearts are ripped from chests. Using dance to illustrate their everyday lives and their inner aspirations, dancers jump into beautiful and imaginative dream logic and feats of daring: monsters roam train cars, young lovers meet, souls fly from bodies.