Editor’s Film Review: She should be in the kitchen– the Skate Kitchen.
The New York City based all women’s skate crew is hitting the ground rolling on the big screen. Director, Crystal Moselle, formally known for her debut with “The Wolfpack,” makes her narrative feature debut with this winning portrait of a female skater crew. After uncovering the stranger than fiction documentary of seven cinema-obsessed Manhattan siblings who were sheltered from the ever going outside, she uncovered yet another inimitable group of real-life NYC youngsters. This time a girl gang of badass skateboarders who haunt the city’s streets under the name Skate Kitchen.
This film is unapologetically female, offering a space where young women can go to clear a little breathing room in otherwise testosterone filled spaces. Moselle does a great job handling the modern day story with a spin on ’80s skater classics. If you’ve ever seen “Whip it” or Netflix’s original series “Glow,” you’d understand the level of representation of female domination in male-populated cultures.
It’s nice that people are listening and acknowledging us – to the point I don’t quite think we realize how much we’re being heard. Because we have that recognition, we have that responsibility to say the right things and really push to inspire people – especially younger kids who see us as role models. – Rachel Vinberg, founder of Skate Kitchen
The Skate Kitchen crew has been making waves beyond skate culture, starring in various magazine spreads for Nike, and now portraying impressive first-time acting chops in this self-entitled film. The kickass girl bosses carried the whole film, portraying themselves with minimal acting experiences and direction. Even adding a bit of Hollywood royalty to the cast does nothing to puncture the film’s low-key verisimilitude – supporting player Jaden Smith seems to be taking his cues from his nonpro costars, rather than the other way around.
Real life Skate Kitchen founder and leading lady Rachelle Vinberg stars in the film as Camille, a Long Island 18-year-old whose mother forces her to give up skateboarding after a bad fall. Eager to keep moving, she comes across a group of skilled female skaters on Instagram and invites them on a Manhattan “skate date.” Shy and naive next to these tough Downtown chicks, Camille finds a way to navigate the dynamics and slang for her new gang.
The young women are mesmerizing when carving up the concrete in Skate Kitchen. After much pulled strings and grit for the film to be reviewed in the Sundance Film Festival back in January, we’re finally going to be blessed on the big screen. Following our heroines as they fly heedlessly through the Manhattan traffic, we get to witness the simplicity of freedom as girls enjoy the one thing that the skate-life is all about.
Film Review: ‘Skate Kitchen’