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Rize -- RIZE chronicles a dance movement that rises out of South Central Los Angeles with roots in clowning and street youth culture.
Rize -- Rize chronicles a dance movement that rises out of South Central Los Angeles with roots in clowning and street youth culture.

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5 August 2005 (Canada) See more »
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Rize chronicles a dance movement that rises out of South Central Los Angeles with roots in clowning and street youth culture. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

 
Larry Berry ... Himself

Tommy the Clown ... Himself
Dragon ... Himself
La Niña ... Herself
Miss Prissy ... Herself

Kevin Scott Richardson ... Music producer

Christopher Toler ... Lil C
Ceasare Willis ... Tight Eyez

Directed by
David LaChapelle 
 
Produced by
Drew Carolan .... line producer
Marc Hawker .... producer
Coleen Haynes .... line producer
Ellen Jacobson .... executive producer
Ellen Jacobson .... producer
Scott F. Kaplan .... line producer
David LaChapelle .... producer
Stavros Merjos .... executive producer
Oualid Mouaness .... line producer (as Walid J. Mouaness)
Barry Peele .... executive producer
Rebecca Skinner .... executive producer
Anthony Talauega .... co-producer
Richmond Taleuega .... co-producer
Karim Torki .... associate producer
Ishbel Whitaker .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Amy Marie Beauchamp 
Jose Cancela 
 
Cinematography by
Morgan Susser 
 
Film Editing by
Fernando Villena 
 
Production Design by
Jeff Higinbotham 
 
Makeup Department
Gregory Arlt .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Darcy Jennings .... production manager
 
Sound Department
Christopher S. Aud .... sound editor
Ryan David .... mix stage recordist
Mat Dennis .... sound recordist
Tyler Duuring .... sound mixer (as Tyler Tosh)
Michael J. Fox .... adr mixer
Terry Garcia .... assistant sound editor
David Giammarco .... sound re-recording mixer
Tim Hays .... sound mixer
J. Paul Huntsman .... sound supervisor
Mark L. Mangino .... dialogue editor
Mark Patino .... field sound mixer
Gregory H. Watkins .... sound re-recording mixer
Robert Cannon .... boom operator (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Michael Carter .... visual effects artist
Gregory Creaser .... digital intermediate colorist
Stephen Jennings .... digital effects artist
Ruth LeFaive .... visual effects producer
Gerald Ragland .... on-line assistant editor
Steven J. Scott .... digital intermediate colorist: EFilm
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Donovan Davis .... key grip
Sean Hellfritsch .... camera operator
Leda Maliga .... additional cinematographer
Barry Norwood .... additional photographer
Haydn Pazanti .... film loader
Sasha Rendulic .... camera operator
James Roddy .... camera operator
Joseph M. Setele .... camera operator
Michael Totten .... camera operator
 
Editorial Department
Sharice Babakhani .... assistant editor
Denise Brown .... telecine producer
Bob Fernley .... digital intermediate producer
Kim Graville .... telecine producer
Dave Hussey .... lead colorist
Brian Jones .... assistant editor
Jack Lewars .... assistant color timer: Efilm
P.J. Marsiglia .... colorist
Jamie Okubo .... assistant editor
Sin-Halina Sy .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Tim Hays .... music playback operator
Will Kaplan .... music editor
Jonathan McHugh .... music supervisor
Jonathan Scott Miller .... soundtrack producer
Fredrik Sarhagen .... score mixer
Anthony Talauega .... music producer
Richmond Talauega .... music producer
Suren Wijeyaratne .... music mixer
 
Other crew
Monique Barrett .... production assistant
Irwin M. Rappaport .... production attorney
Natalie Reubens .... production coordinator
Sally Steele .... publicist
Richmond Talauega .... choreographer
Brandon Trones .... production assistant
 
Thanks
Christina Aguilera .... thanks
John Byrne .... special thanks
Eminem .... thanks (as Marshall Mathers)
Lauryn Hill .... thanks
Elton John .... thanks
H. Scott Salinas .... special thanks
Suren Wijeyaratne .... thanks
 

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Rated PG-13 for suggestive content, drug references, language and brief nudity
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86 min | Argentina:86 min (Mar del Plata Film Festival)
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Dedicated to the memory of Quinesha "Lil Dimples" Dunford.See more »
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Swoop:The sky is the limit, and there is no limit.See more »
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Referenced in Bring It On: All or Nothing (2006) (V)See more »
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Tell HimSee more »

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7 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Exhilarating Paean to the Human Spirit and Artistic Expression, 22 July 2005
Author: noralee from Queens, NY

"Rize" rises above anthropological curiosity to be an exhilarating paean to the human spirit.

It is parallel to "Bastards of the Party" in noting how devastating gang violence, drugs and poverty have been to the social structure of African-Americans living in South Central Los Angeles and how young people desperately seek alternative families for emotional support. But debut director David LaChapelle (and a graduate and proponent of arts education programs) documents the power of artistic expression in literally saving souls and lives, here through a spontaneously indigenous, organized form of hip hop dancing.

It is "Amazing Grace" acted out before our eyes as this is self-help, bootstraps up through specifically African-American Christian culture that grew out of birthday party celebrations, going from clown dancing to crumping.

I was thinking of "A Chorus Line"'s refrain of "Everything was beautiful at the ballet" of girls escaping dysfunctional families even before these hyper-articulate entertainers point out that there are no ballet classes available to them, or any after-school activities for kids not interested in football or basketball so they made the choice to dance with organized groups, first in informal than structured competitions.

No white talking head experts are needed in this film, though it is not clear how much influence LaChapelle had over the participants' self-awareness over the three years he was making the film, as we only hear his voice a couple of times asking questions, usually of their mothers. For example, L'il C says such dancing is "in our blood" -- but is that after LaChapelle showed them the footage of African ritual dancing that they had never seen before -- and it is a bit disconcerting that of all the footage he could have selected he uses material from the Leni Riefenstahl archives. Ethnomusicologist Nick Spitzer of Public Radio's American Routes show could certainly teach them all something about the recurring phenomenon in the African diaspora of similar competitive "families" created around dancing and costumes or make-up, including the samba clubs in Brazil, the Mardi Gras "Indians" of New Orleans and the carnival crews of the Caribbean.

LaChappelle carefully introduces us to the participants as dancers and individuals before we know more about their difficult pasts and home lives, as these are young people who had to grow up too fast and are lucky to have survived, even as they can't avoid the neighborhood's random violence. We also see that these are the kind of individuals who are naturally nurturing and mentor-seeking, as one explanation of how they sought out the arts and why dance speaks to them as a mechanism to work out their emotions.

The sound track assiduously avoids degrading commercial hip hop selections for songs that reflect the spirit of the dancing, as the participants resoundingly note the independence of their culture from corporate forces.

While the story line wanders a bit after the climactic Battle Zone, LaChappelle forcefully links the the dancing to Pentecostal and Baptist gospel traditions for the life affirming conclusion. The closing shots of how it has spread outside the African-American community aren't entirely convincing.

LaChappelle can't resist some artsy music video type shots of beautiful, glistening bodies by the ocean, but that does serve to emphasize their dancing as an aesthetic form, even as the film does go on a bit too long and repetitively.

The interviews on "Charlie Rose" should be included with the DVD as there is no concluding update to learn that some of the participants are now employed professionally as dancers, though we did get a glimpse that Miss Prissy is taking some formal dance training.

Regardless, you do walk out uplifted and feelingly thrillingly positive about life.

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