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Documents the triumphs and hardships of the community behind the contemporary urban dance movement called “Flexing” in Brooklyn.

We are so close! Please help us exceed our goal - let's get to $45k! You are supporting a truly independent documentary and an incredible community of dancers. 

If you're able, please consider becoming a Producer. Only ONE Executive Producer credit remains. Be a huge part of a great project and see your name on the big screen!

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HOORAY! We are Project of the Week on indieWIRE - the leading online publication for independent film!

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Flex Is Kings is an independent feature length documentary about street dance in Brooklyn. It’s almost done and now we need your help!

This is a story of urban improbability.  East New York is an impoverished section of Kings County with one of the highest crime rates in the borough. And yet a large and growing group of young men have transformed their streets into a stage.

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.

  • You'll meet Flizzo, a charismatic showman who first dazzled us four years ago when a zebra finch flew from his mouth for a "punchline" during a show and brought the house down.  His attempts to juggle dancing with a new baby and dismal job market cast doubts on the practicality of continuing his craft.
  • Jay Donn's a stuntman who fears nothing, jumping off bridges and walls.  An opportunity to work with a prominent Brooklyn theater group exposes him to new possibilities as he travels to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to star in an unconventional adaptation of Pinocchio.
  • Soup tries to bury his violent past as he prepares for King of the Streets, but the night before the penultimate competition an act of violence forces him to choose between neighborhood loyalties or his art.
  • Plus, you'll meet Reem, the savvy creator of Battlefest, the ultimate DIY dance showcase; Storyboard Professor, the first King of the Streets and esteemed dance visionary, and so many more!

How Kickstarter Works

We need your help to finish this film! On the right, you’ll see the pledge levels with corresponding rewards.  You can donate to our project and receive rewards in return.  It’s a win win situation!!!

We have set a goal that accurately reflects what we need to get this film to the next step - a rough cut.   If we do not reach our goal, we will not receive any of the funds.  If we exceed our goal, then we can seamlessly move to a fine cut and begin submitting to festivals.

What am I supporting?

  • Editing - We have roughly 275 hours of film and the only way to finish this film is to hire an editor to work on it full time.  
  • Equipment - We shot the film with all of our own equipment but we need to rent some fancy gear to get speciality shots of dancers. Just wait till you see Soup gliding from a street fight to a prayer.... Their craft is magnificent and a couple shots demand magnificent technology.
  • Composers - Music is a HUGE component of this project. We must hire composers.
  • Music Rights - Very different from the last thing.  Some of the film will need custom composition but some of the film needs the current music on the street.
  • Expendables - The media storage needed for a project of this scale is enormous.  We have to buy more storage and upkeep what we already have.

What happens if we exceed our goal?

  • Sound Mixing - It’s essential that this film sound great. The film needs to be professionally mixed for theatrical, online and DVD viewing.
  • Color correcting - Only pros can do this fine-tuning.
  • Screenings - We will set up a series of screenings with Q and A sessions with the Flex dance community throughout the NYC area.
  • Travel - Once the film is complete, the team needs to travel with the film to various film festivals with hopes to get it seen by as many people as possible.
  • Website & Digital Download - Throughout the post production and film release, we will need to maintain our website and pay for bandwidth charges.
  • And so much more...

Incentives

NEW! Join us for an evening of live music and street dance in a special, one-time only event. We’ve gathered some of the best dancers in Brooklyn to perform to the synth-pop extreme cello mixed with synthesizers, electronics and beats of Tranimal, a collaborative project of veteran dance composers Christopher Lancaster and Jerome Begin. 

FLEX IS KINGS Dance Event
Thursday, April 5
Doors 7:30 PM / Performance 8:00 PM
at Bond Street Theater (303 Bond Street, Brooklyn, 11231)
SUBWAY: F/G to Carroll, M/R to Union
Tickets are available by donating at a level of $60 or higher.

Pin a mini 1" FLEX IS KINGS button on your bag/hat/shoes/shirt and help us spread the word!  

Join Deidre and Mike at one of the upcoming neighborhood dance battle competitions-Battlefest, the organizing event of the flex movement!  Held four times a year and culminating in the King of the Streets competition, this exciting showcase in the heart of Brooklyn is where dancers go to gain respect, establish a social position, forge an artistic identity, and find a sanctuary from the poverty and violence surrounding their young lives.

Ringmaster Jay Donn - one of Flex Is Kings featured dancers - has donated two of his outrageous hat designs to support this film.  Choose between the  “Lego Hat” and “Shades.” Hats are snap-back and adjustable to fit any adult head.

No one works a crowd like Flizzo, another dancer whose story is told over the course of Flex Is Kings. Flizzo will show you some street moves and share some of his secret tricks to getting the crowd on its feet.  Please note - this class will take place in a central NYC location, date TBD.

Our talented crew member, Ryan Hancock, has agreed to donate a limited edition print!  Ryan has a unique way of seeing things and will surprise you with an incredible image taken in East New York.  Who knows what it will be? Trust us, you'll like it.  Check out more of Ryan's work above and here: http://ryanhancock.tumblr.com/

Get a photo book for your iPad or coffee table. Deidre’s putting together a book of photographs exclusively for Kickstarter - don’t miss this opportunity!

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