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Skate Kitchen

Crystal Moselle
USA 2018 / 100’
Monkeys (Maria Kozłowska, Maria Toboła) Swedish Candy, Some Violence and a Bit of Cat

Camille's life is turned on its head when she joins a female skateboarding crew. The shy teen from the suburbs not only discovers a more predatory, subcultural New York, but she also becomes part of a group for the first time in her life. Friendship between the girls doesn't develop spontaneously: to be a part of the gang, you have to demonstrate tough knees, tribal loyalty and feminine solidarity. Despite her will, this is not the easiest thing in the world for introverted Camille, especially when her hormones start flaring up. The film's plot is presented as a series of sketches and is interwoven with documentary observations. For Crystal Moselle (The Wolfpack, an award winner in the Films on Art competition, 2015 New Horizons) is a pretext to show a community of female skaters in New York who have conquered one of the traditional bastions for boys. Skate Kitchen is a real crew in New York, and the girls play themselves in the film. Crystal Moselle has an eye for street style, an ear for street slang and an empathetic heart for teenage friendships.

Ewa Szabłowska

Crystal Moselle

Crystal Moselle is a director who links cinema with fashion, art and music. Her first film, Excavating Taylor Mead, about a beatnik who knew Andy Warhol, was screened at the Whitney Biennial. At the Art Basel fair, she made a series of short films about artists, including about Norman Foster and Buckminster Fuller. She has also made fashion clips and music videos, including for the song Hold On by the group AsDSSka, which she co-wrote with Spike Jonze. The Wolfpack, her feature debut, won awards at festivals around the world.

Filmography

2005 Excavating Taylor Mead

2015 Wataha / The Wolfpack

2018 Skate Kitchen

Cast & Crew

director Crystal Moselle
screenplay Crystal Moselle, Aslihan Unaldi, Jennifer Silverman
cinematography Shabier Kirchner
editing Nico Leunen
music Aska Matsumiya
cast Rachelle Vinberg, Dede Lovelace, Nina Moran, Jaden Smith, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Kabrina Adams, Ajani Russell
producer Lizzie Nastro, Izabella Tzenkova, Crystal Moselle
production A Bow and Arrow Entertainment
sales Monolith
language English
colouration colour