The Charlie Ahearn Interview
Director and Producer of the 1983 Hip Hop Film "Wild Style"
Today, I had the opportunity to interview filmmaker Charlie Ahearn in his studio about the origin story of his iconic film, Wild Style. It was a blisteringly hot summer day in Tribeca, and we talked about a range of topics, including Fear of Fiction, Doing Time In Times Square, guerrilla filmmaking tactics, The Deadly Art Of Survival, and of course, Wild Style.
During our conversation, we discussed the cultural significance of the film, as well as its impact on the Hip Hop community. We delved into the creative process behind the film and how Ahearn utilized his experiences in the music industry to create something truly unique and groundbreaking.
We talked about the various collaborations that went into making Wild Style, including the Rock Steady Crew, The Fabulous 5ive, and Fab Five Freddy. Ahearn also shared his experiences working with some of the most iconic figures in the industry, such as Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Lady Pink.
Throughout the interview, Ahearn emphasized the importance of creativity and connection, and how these two concepts are vital to the success of any artistic endeavor. He shared his insights on how to create something truly authentic and meaningful, and how to connect with audiences in a way that is both powerful and lasting.
Overall, it was an incredible experience to talk with Charlie Ahearn and learn about the origin story of Wild Style. His passion for Hip Hop and the arts is truly infectious, and I left the interview feeling inspired and energized.