Crystal Moselle- Skate Kitchen- an underground hit in the making

Crystal Moselle is preoccupied with telling real stories.

Much of her work across short films, documentaries, music videos and fashion campaigns is about shedding light on underground communities and youth culture.

As a director, she considers her work to be a collaboration with her young and mainly unknown cast, and the resulting film is a documentation of their time together. In the film of the same name we’re introduced to the skate collective ¬– Skate Kitchen – a group of mainly young women from NYC. Crystal first met the collective after a chance meeting on the subway and over 18 months they workshopped ideas for the script and the story of the film.

It’s a brave and generous way to work for a director. Crystal has been well rewarded – the film was selected for the Sundance Film Festival in January 2018. This is no mean feat – around 13,000 independently produced films (e.g. films produced outside of large companies like Warner Bros, Sony and Disney) are put forward with only around 100 selected to be part of the festival. This is great exposure, and by catching the attention of film distributors can be the first step to getting a film into cinemas or streamed online.

Credit: 'Skate Kitchen', by Crystal Moselle – produced by Pulse Films. The film is a coming-of-age story about central character Camille, whose loyalty is put to the test as she navigates the NYC skate community. The film also features Elizabeth Rodriguez from 'Orange is the New Black' as well as Jaden Smith. It has just premiered at Sundance London '18 and goes on general release in the UK in autumn 2018.

Before we wrap up, it’s important to mention Crystal’s breakthrough hit, ‘The Wolfpack’. In the film, we are introduced to a family of seven home-schooled brothers who learn about the world through blockbuster films, re-enacting their favourite scenes in homemade costumes. It’s a mesmerising example of Crystal’s commitment to telling the story of overlooked communities and an extraordinary example of how you can use the format of documentaries to tread the line between reality and fantasy.

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‘Skate Kitchen’ was produced by Pulse Films, a next generation studio that develops, creates and finances films irrespective of format or platform. The studio is a global home for directors, producers and writers shaping the future of storytelling and creating moments of culture.

Take a look at their website and you’ll definitely recognise some of those moments in the range of groundbreaking content they’ve brought to our screens.