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Charlie Ahearn

Charlie Ahearn is an American film director and creative cultural artist living in New York City. Although predominantly involved in film and video production, he is also known for his work as a visual artist, author and radio host.


Charlie is the celebrated director and producer of Wild Style, an independent film that was released in 1982 to immediate critical acclaim. Wild Style is widely considered to be the first film to document New York’s emerging Hip-Hop scene and was described by the New York Times (David Gonzalez, November 11, 2008) as “a film that envisioned the future of Hip-Hop culture.”  The film has since become a classic.


Charlie was also the director of The Deadly Art of Survival, a Kung Fu film shot on Super 8 in 1979. It was Charlie’s production of a silkscreen poster for the movie that prompted continued use of the medium and later resulted in a historic Times Square Show poster, created with the painter, Jane Dickson.


Other directorial credits include Fear of Fiction, Richard Hunt Sculptor 2010, Jamel Shabazz Street Photographer 2011 and All City Take It To The Bridge. Charlie is the author of Wild Style The Sampler published on the 25th anniversary of the film’s release. He is the co-author of Yes Yes Y’all, an oral history of the first decade of Hip-Hop, released in 2002. 


In 2016, Charlie embarked upon a collaboration with Gary Lichtenstein that resulted in an exhibition of paintings, produced in part with silkscreen, at PPOW in New York City. Charlie’s works on canvas integrate his rich photographic history with his love of color. Few realize that Charlie was a painter before he jumped into the world of filmmaking… this new series is a unique marriage of the two disciplines.​

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