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1st Look: Planet B-Boy Poster

Unlike 2005's David LaChapelle's Rize – a docu on the dance movement called 'Clowning' that had only a niche following, Planet B-Boy looks at a retro (we are talking 80's here folks) revamped form of breaking moves that has a surprising global reach. Premiered at the past Tribeca, independent NY-based production house Elephant Eye Films are continuing the grassroots campaign – handling distribution of Benson Lee's four corner of the globes documentary with a nationwide release on March 21, 2008. We've got your first look at the poster image below (click on it for a larger version) and as usual have included the synopsis for your use…  

A vibrant and infectious look at the global resurgence of break-dancing, PLANET B-BOY weaves spectacular dance footage with poignant personal stories. From the outskirts of Paris to the suburbs of Seoul, Korea, Lee’s film deftly spotlights how young men of such different cultural backgrounds come together for their love of dance, community, and hip-hop. Though unfairly viewed in the U.S. as a mid-eighties fad, the culture of “b-boying” has thrived overseas while remaining true to its underground roots. PLANET B-BOY follows crews from France, Korea, Japan, and the U.S. as they prepare for “The Battle of the Year” – an annual World Cup of break-dance. Each crew has its own style and strength, some favoring fluid dancing and others unleashing daredevil moves, with their individual personalities and stories forming a rich and revealing backdrop to their outlandish artistic expression. An American dancer in Vegas looks for his big break; a Korean son seeks his father’s approval; a twelve-year-old boy in France confronts his family’s racism – all the b-boys’ lives collide in Germany where their skills are put to the ultimate test.

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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