Footwork Films presents ALL OUT WAR, a film by Robert Pilichowski, opening at NXNE June 13 at The Bloor Cinema

All Out War, a film by Robert Pilichowski, World Premiere at NXNE June 13 at Bloor Hot Docs Cinema

First came Electric Boogaloo. then came… WAR

Footwork Films presents


A film by Robert Pilichowski

World Premiere at NXNE

Thursday June 13 – 9:15PM

The Bloor Hot Docs Cinema

profiling B-boy Culture and the Battles that Shape this Worldwide Urban Artform

[Toronto, May 30, 2013] – What happens to a pop culture phenomenon after the faddishness fades? In the case of B-boy culture, the passion and art remained, endured – and turned martial-art fierce, as depicted in the vivid, up-close-and-personal documentary All Out War.


A World Premiere at NXNE – Thursday June 13, 9:15 pm, The Bloor Hot Docs Cinema.


What used to be called “break-dancing” is now played out during battles in front of crowds of thousands in Asia, North America and Europe (and millions on YouTube) and Robert Pilichowski’s All Out War offers a decade worth of insight into the current state of this urban art form. It takes us right into the crammed vans that carry “crews” from city to city, and the often-difficult upbringings that fuel the desire to win.


Filmed in a fresh, signature style, All Out War is a feature length documentary that follows four B-boys from different positions on the breaking spectrum on their way to the fabled King Of The Ring championship.


They range from Machine, one of the major names of the genre (and a former dancer with the “dance-crew” of the NBA’s Sacramento Kings), to Casper, a talented and driven b-boy so young, director Pilichowski had to interview him with his mother’s approval. The other two featured subjects are Dyzee, from Toronto’s Supernaturalz crew, and the Bronx’s Alien Ness who once scored moves with NYC’s Rock Steady Crew.


All Out War has been a passion project of mine for years,” Pilichowski says. “Growing up in the 80’s, breaking was the thing to do. It was no longer an underground tribal dance that was done in house parties in The Bronx, but had gone commercial and spread worldwide.


“After the next craze came along and the spotlight shifted from B-boying, I always wondered what had happened to the dancers and crews of that era.

“Not being a dancer myself, I could only imagine what it must be like to battle in a raw cypher (circles of people gathered around the breakers) or in front of thousands of people at a big global competition.
And not being part of the scene or culture, I was welcomed with skepticism – not the open arms I was hoping for.”


But Pilichowski persevered, gradually becoming accepted into b-boy subculture, and stubbornly driving All Out War forward, mortgaging his own house along the way to the finish line.

Born in Gdansk, Poland, the Toronto-based Robert Pilichowski previously directed First Ink (the documentary short about NBA star Chris Bosh) and episodes of The Rawside Of…, the IFC series that profiled music figures like Broken Social Scene’s Brendan Canning and Metric.


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