A suburban teenager discovers a newfound freedom when she meets a subculture of girl skateboarders on New York's Lower East Side in the newest from director Crystal Moselle (The Wolfpack), a streetwise celebration with a cast populated by the real-life titular skaters and Jaden Smith as the love interest from a rival crew.
The lights and neon signs of New York's Lower East Side illuminate a group of girls as they take over the streets on their skateboards, and soft-spoken yet fiercely independent Camille (Rachelle Vinberg) is finally one of them. She's been following their crew, self-named Skate Kitchen, on social media for ages, liking their videos and wishing she could experience their sense of freedom and friendship. Living with her overprotective mother (Elizabeth Rodriguez, "Orange is the New Black") in their tiny apartment in Long Island made that all seem like a dream, until she sneaks out and meets the group, who welcome her in. However, with a new sense of belonging comes new social obstacles to navigate, and Camille—through the ups and the downs, the ollies and the kickflips—learns the true definition of family. Director Crystal Moselle (The Wolfpack, SIFF 2015) utilizes the naturalistic talent of this real group of New York skateboarders and a strong supporting performance by Jaden Smith ("The Get Down") to create a millennial hangout movie that also speaks on the importance of women connecting with each other, and taking up space in typically male-dominated environments. Skate Kitchen also boasts an incredible indie hip-hop soundtrack featuring artists such as ABRA, Khalid, and Kali Uchis.
A graduate of The School of Visual Arts in New York, Crystal Moselle directed the critically acclaimed documentary The Wolfpack (SIFF 2015), which won the Grand Jury Prize at The Sundance Film Festival in 2015. For the past decade she has worked with short form storytelling for publications such as Vice and The New York Times.
Sponsored by First Sight Productions
- Director: Crystal Moselle
- Principal Cast: Rachelle Vinberg, Dede Lovelace, Nina Moran, Kabrina Adams, Ajani Russell, Jules Lorenzo, Brenn Lorenzo, Hisham Tawfiq, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Jaden Smith
- Premiere Status: Seattle
- Country: USA
- Year: 2018
- Running Time: 105 minutes
- Producer: Lizzie Nastro, Izabella Tzenkova
- Screenplay: Aslihan Unaldi, Crystal Moselle, Jennifer Silverman
- Cinematographers: Shabier Kirchner
- Editors: Nico Leunen
- Music: Aska Matsumiya
- Filmography: The Wolfpack (doc, 2015)
- Language: English
- Format: DCP
- US Distributor: Magnolia Pictures
- International Sales: UTA