1:00pm – 2:30pm
Deidre Schoo & Michael Beach Nichols – Flex is Kings (US, 2013)
83 minutes | Segal Theatre
Flex Is Kings takes place in the Brooklyn neighborhood of East New York, where high crime rates and diminished opportunities have left the young men growing into adulthood few choices and fewer resources, pushing so many to lives dependent on crime and gangs. Yet there is a large and growing group resisting the notion that their prospects are limited to a powerless existence.
“Flex” is the name of the dance style – it involves dance battle competitions that are at once flights of fancy as well as poetic evocations of the streets – gun battles, romantic interludes, run-ins with authorities. The film is structured around a season of Battlefest, the central organizing event of the Flex movement, and focuses on some of the community’s key personalities.
Deidre Schoo is a photographer and filmmaker based in New York City. She is director, producer and cinematographer on Flex is Kings, represented by Visit Films. In addition to her film work, she is a regular contributor to the New York Times. Deidre’s work has been recognized by various organizations and publications, including Photo District News and National Geographic.
Michael Beach Nichols is a Brooklyn-based documentary filmmaker. His first feature documentary, The Man Behind the Curtain, had its premiere at the Globians Doc Fest in Berlin. He serves as director, producer, cinematographer, and co-editor on Flex Is Kings, his second feature documentary.