We heard a ton of good things about Crystal Moselle’s Skate Kitchen at Sundance this past January, but we unfortunately didn’t get a chance to see it while we were in Park City. Luckily for us, and for everybody who wants to watch fictional movies starring real-life dope women doing the things they love no matter if their parents like it or not, Magnolia Pictures picked it up for distribution, and it’ll be hitting theaters later on this summer. They dropped the first trailer for the film on Thursday, and we’re glad to say that it looks like it’ll live up to the hype.
We’re always glad to see movies about skate culture that aren’t either hyper-patronizing or the Hollywood equivalent of this 30 Rock clip, and we’re really stoked to see what Moselle, previously a documentary filmmaker best known for her 2015 doc The Wolfpack, will do with a narrative project. Though, we gotta say we sort of chuckle whenever Jaden Smith shows up in anything these days (and we don’t mean that as an insult!).
Here’s a synopsis:
In the first narrative feature from The Wolfpack director Crystal Moselle, Camille, an introverted teenage skateboarder (newcomer Rachelle Vinberg) from Long Island, meets and befriends an all-girl, New York City-based skateboarding crew called Skate Kitchen. She falls in with the in-crowd, has a falling-out with her mother, and falls for a mysterious skateboarder guy (Jaden Smith), but a relationship with him proves to be trickier to navigate than a kickflip. Writer/director Crystal Moselle immersed herself in the lives of the skater girls and worked closely with them, resulting in the film’s authenticity, which combines poetic, atmospheric filmmaking and hypnotic skating sequences. SKATE KITCHEN precisely captures the experience of women in male-dominated spaces and tells a story of a girl who learns the importance of camaraderie and self-discovery.
Skate Kitchen hits theaters August 10.
Featured image by Tyler Ben-Amotz via Magnolia Pictures/Magnet Releasing.