PELHAM, N.Y. – The Picture House is presenting an advance screening of the documentary “Rubble Kings” with a post-film discussion with the film’s director, Shan Nicholson, and subjects from the film, Thursday, June 11, at 7:30 p.m.
Nicholson’s feature-length documentary about the New York City gang culture in the 1970s and its influence on the birth of hip-hop is poised for national and international release during the summer of 2015.
Through archival footage, Nicholson tells the story of New York City in the 1970s and the harsh reality of gang life in a city that seemed to be falling apart. From 1968 to 1975, gangs ruled New York City. Neither law enforcement nor social agency could end the escalating bloodshed. Peace came only through the most unlikely and courageous meging of events that would change the world for generations to come by giving birth to hip-hop culture.
“Rubble Kings,” tells the story of how a few extraordinary, forgotten people did the impossible, and how their actions impacted the world over. As disaffected young men began channeling their rage into artistic expression, hip-hop was born, merging beats, graffiti and break-dancing to become one of the 20th century’s most innovative and influential cultural movements.
After the screening, there will be a post-film discussion and Q&A with the director. Nicholson is an award- winning filmmaker, disc jockey, music producer and counter/pop culture storyteller. His work is inspired by being a product of New York City’s culturally rich period of the 1980s.
Tickets to the advance screening of “Rubble Kings” and post-film discussion are $12 for general admission, $6 for members and $10 for students and seniors. Tickets are available at here or at the box office, 175 Wolfs Lane, Pelham.