I managed to catch the film preview and talk with filmmaker / dancer / historian Moncel Durden about his work-in-progress "Everything Remains Raw: Hip-Hop's Folkloric Lineage." Here Moncel talks the importance of dancers knowing the roots of the movements that they do.
As lindy hoppers, it was great to see how Moncel was able to pull together such an impressive collection of film clips from various eras and dance traditions. He nimbly shows how hip-hop dance and b-boying did not emerge sui generis but evolved from African, jazz, tap, lindy hop, and many other influences from back in history. And he's got some nice interview footage with Frankie Manning talking about how hip-hop dance moves look to him like dances he saw back in the day at the Savoy.
As a lindy hopper and a b-boy I found it to be a very interesting talk, as did the other 50 or so folks from the Frankie 95 Festival in attendance. Hopefully Moncel will get the support he needs to complete this important project.
Check this sweet trailer for "Everything Remains Raw." So freakin dope.