David LaChapelle marked the bow of Lions Gate’s “Rize” Tuesday in L.A. alongside most of his doc’s gorgeous subjects.
But, this time, the photog-turned-filmmaker’s lens wasn’t focused on Pamela Anderson or Christina Aguilera (though both attended the preem): It was all about artists like Tommy the Clown, Lil C, Miss Prissy, Dragon and Tight Eyez — the dancers behind a hyperkinetic style called krumping or clowning.
LaChapelle stumbled upon the phenom while shooting a musicvid for Aguilera in South Central Los Angeles and then spent his own money to make a docu about the kids who populate the dance movement.
“This film found me,” LaChapelle said. “It’s an incredible thing that this was happening such a short distance from Hollywood, and that no one was doing anything about it.”
Courtney Love, who predicted LaChapelle could end up making movies in the “Kubrickian or Fincher kind of way,” said “Rize” was evidence that the artist was finding his “purity and joy.”
“Also, I’m a rock chick,” she added, “and it showed me something about hip-hop.”