In 2010, Crystal Moselle’s stranger-than-fiction documentary The Wolfpack charmed Sundance’s audience with its stunning portrayal of the Angulo brothers. A cinema-obsessed duo isolated in New York City’s Lower East Side reenacting their favourite films. The feature won the U.S. Documentary Grand Jury Prize at the festival.
Back in the Big Apple, Moselle has uncovered another group of real-life New Yorkers. A crew of female skateboarders who ride under the name of Skate Kitchen. After she came across the girls on the subway, “I couldn’t pay attention to anything else besides what these teenage girls were talking about, so then I went up to them and we became friends,” Moselle enlisted them for a Miu Miu-commissioned short.
Since then, the Skate Kitchen have come a long way, making waves beyond NYC’s skate scene. They became part of Dazed 100, were featured in a campaign for Nike SB and, as well as championing racial diversity, they’ve worked to help those who don’t necessarily fit the skating mould, gain confidence to hop on board.
Blurring the lines between documentary and feature, Moselle has built the film around the Skate Kitchen girls, using improv and research to develop their characters to reflect their own personas.
The film follows a Long Island teenager named Camille — who lives rather unhappily with her mother — that goes on to befriend the Skate Kitchen. While exploring the NYC subculture, it isn’t long before Camille’s mother discovers she isn’t actually spending her afternoons doing school work and kicks her out.
Included in Vulture’s ’20 Most Anticipated Movies at Sundance This Year’ they described the film’s characters as “[having] style to spare, and might be the coolest people you could hope to catch on a Sundance screen this year”.
Discover more about the Skate Kitchen here.