Picks and Pans Review: Sounds Off

updated 07/11/2005 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/11/2005 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Rize director David LaChapelle In the acclaimed documentary Rize, celeb photographer and director David LaChapelle, 42 (center, in baseball cap, with his film's stars at Sundance), turns his lens on the L.A.-born dance known as krumping and clowning.

ON KRUMPING It's the next generation of hip-hop dancing. It has nothing to do with break dancing or pop and lock. It's its own thing. It blew my mind because I didn't think people could move their bodies this way.

ON THE MOVIE'S STARS They're from the hardest families in the hood. They have fathers who are founding members of the Crips or Bloods, mothers who are drug addicts or in prison. Yet-in the face of all this adversity, these kids have developed a new art form.

ON AUDIENCE REACTION The family of Martin Luther King said the film moved them to tears. At Sundance, middle-age white ladies were crying. Having people show so much love and support to the cast, I felt like I'd done my job.

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