Yesterday, the producers of Style Wars, a documentary chronicling the earlier years of hip-hop culture, launched a campaign via Kickstarter to restore the film’s outtakes in an effort to use them for Style Wars: The Outtakes. If recovered, the new version of the film, which will be released in HD and blu-ray formats, will include bonus features such as conversations from the late Kase 2 and the former Mayor Koch.
Currently the campaign has 88 backers and has raised $4,878. With a goal of $28,000 and 28 days left in the campaign, Kickstarter alerts supporters that “this project will only be funded if at least $28,000 is pledged by Wednesday Dec 7.”
As an incentive to rally supporters, various levels of pledging garners rewards. Supporters who pledge $25 or more receive a downloadable customized digital certificate by the film’s co-producer Henry Chalfant with your name on it and a choice of either the Style Wars Revisited DVD or Style Wars 2 disc set. The tokens of gratification get better as the donation size increases, with limited edition paintings and photos also up for grabs.
The original Style Wars featured timeless b-boy battles and New York’s 1980s street graffiti scene. The film was edited to a short 69 minutes from over 30 hours of footage.