Cinema Libre has selected Dec. 10 as the DVD debut date for documentary filmmaker Calvin Leung’s Furious Beauty: A Hip-Hop Family, an intimate look at the “dance family” created by teachers and dance artists Miss Funk (aka: Jackie Lopez) and Breeze-Lee (aka: Leigh Foaad).
You learn quickly that writer/director Calvin Leung knows his material. Indeed, he understands the culture, the people and knows how to tell the story of the Versa-Style Dance Company so that even the uninitiated are drawn into — and appreciate — the work, the discipline and the love and care that Lopez and Foaad have poured into their endeavor.
At the core of it are kids — high school kids from Los Angeles; often at risk — who have come together to be part of the Versa-Style Dance Company. Here they’ve learned to express their lives, the things they know (perhaps not fully understood) and the frustrations they face through dance.
Filmmaker Leung takes us through (think: Fame) the inner-workings and preparations for their own dance production — it’s hard work that builds not only confidence and self-esteem, but in the end … a sense of family.
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