Plixyl Studios

A Los Angeles-based film production company. Including "Furious Beauty: A Hip-Hop Family," distributed by Cinema Libre on Hulu and Amazon Instant Video.

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This is a new commercial I made to promote the street dance community of Homeland Cultural Center in Long Beach, California and their annual competition called the Homeland Jam. I was inspired by the aspirational themes of Nike commercials and I wanted to elevate the way street dancers are portrayed on film. Featured in this commercial are the following: George “Boogiewalker” Deur, Oni Neth, Noelle Marie Falcis, Lillian “Lily Breeze” Ortega (Versa-Style Dance Company), Justin “Jet Li” Valles (Poreotics), and Jenny Valles. We all battle negative voices that tear at our soul. But there is always hope in winning that battle, one step at a time.

Furious Beauty: A Hip-Hop Family | Booklist Online

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Thanks to Candace Smith of Booklistonline.com for this review of our film Furious Beauty starring Versa-Style Dance Company: “Jackie “Miss Funk” Lopez and Leigh “Breeze-Lee” Foaad are the founders of a Los Angeles dance troupe that elevates hip-hop dance into theatrical performances. Working with underprivileged kids, Lopez and Foaad urge the students to express their emotions, including fear and rage, in their dance routines. In extensive interviews, the teachers share stories of their childhood and talk about the power of dance in their lives. Rehearsal dance sessions capture the young dancers’ energy and vitality. During practice sessions, Lopez fights through a knee injury, and the troupe rallies to support her. On opening night, the dancers—now a cohesive, tightly knit group—put on a powerful performance. Viewers will be blown away by the dancers’ hard work, commitment, and impressive talents.”

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Versa-Style Dance Company performing the encore show of “Furious Beauty” next Sat, April 5th at Nate Holden Performing Arts Center. I love these folks and how much passion they have for people around them. #dance #furiousbeauty #plixyl #hiphop #losangeles #film (at Los Angeles, CA)

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Versa-Style Dance Company performing the encore show of “Furious Beauty” next Sat, April 5th at Nate Holden Performing Arts Center. I love these folks and how much passion they have for people around them. #dance #furiousbeauty #plixyl #hiphop #losangeles #film (at Los Angeles, CA)

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Review of my film “Furious Beauty: A Hip-Hop Family" starring Versa-Style Dance Company from the Video Librarian.  Text from the review:
"Calvin Leung’s upbeat documentary focuses on Los Angeles couple Jackie Lopez and Leigh Foaad, who run a nonprofit hip-hop dance studio Versa-Style.  Dedicated to raising the self-esteem of young dancers, the pair work with a troupe of adolescents and young adults, supplying mentorship and friendship, as well as opportunities for combining self-expression with discipline.  Leung takes viewers behind-the-scenes to witness the intricate rehearsals for a new Versa-Style production, one that requires both courage and honesty from the dancers as they explore (through dance) such personal issues as abuse and abandonment.  Several dancers offer moving testimony about the impact of Versa-Style on both their confidence and sense of readiness for life in the larger world.  Furious Beauty concludes with Leung’s stylish filming of the new show, which indeed provides to be captivating…”

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Review of my film “Furious Beauty: A Hip-Hop Family" starring Versa-Style Dance Company from the Video Librarian.  Text from the review:

"Calvin Leung’s upbeat documentary focuses on Los Angeles couple Jackie Lopez and Leigh Foaad, who run a nonprofit hip-hop dance studio Versa-Style.  Dedicated to raising the self-esteem of young dancers, the pair work with a troupe of adolescents and young adults, supplying mentorship and friendship, as well as opportunities for combining self-expression with discipline.  Leung takes viewers behind-the-scenes to witness the intricate rehearsals for a new Versa-Style production, one that requires both courage and honesty from the dancers as they explore (through dance) such personal issues as abuse and abandonment.  Several dancers offer moving testimony about the impact of Versa-Style on both their confidence and sense of readiness for life in the larger world.  Furious Beauty concludes with Leung’s stylish filming of the new show, which indeed provides to be captivating…”

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Feedback on my film Furious Beauty from one of our audience members Aija Mattson.  You can watch Furious Beauty, starring Versa-Style Dance Company, on Hulu for free - it’s 87 minutes with ads.  See it here.

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Feedback on my film Furious Beauty from one of our audience members Aija Mattson.  You can watch Furious Beauty, starring Versa-Style Dance Company, on Hulu for free - it’s 87 minutes with ads.  See it here.

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Working on new film “Traces” with Dsoul & Robben Fenderson. Recording voiceovers and rewriting dialogue in the studio. This is the film we shot in NYC while screening “Furious Beauty” there in June 2013. There are many beautiful hip-hop spots in NYC that we visited for this new film. #furiousbeauty #thejourneycontinues #plixyl #film #hiphop #traces #dance (at San Gabriel, CA)

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Working on new film “Traces” with Dsoul & Robben Fenderson. Recording voiceovers and rewriting dialogue in the studio. This is the film we shot in NYC while screening “Furious Beauty” there in June 2013. There are many beautiful hip-hop spots in NYC that we visited for this new film. #furiousbeauty #thejourneycontinues #plixyl #film #hiphop #traces #dance (at San Gabriel, CA)

My Film “Furious Beauty” Now Available

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Today already feels awesome.  My film Furious Beauty is now released by distributor Cinema Libre on DVD, VOD, Hulu, Amazon Instant Video, Barnes & Noble’s and more.  Check out the distributor’s post below: 

Welcome a new family into your home with Versa-Style, the beloved troupe behind the show “Positive Dose” and stars of the documentary FURIOUS BEAUTY. Available today on DVD, pick up your copy now! http://store.cinemalibrestore.com/furiousbeautydvd.html