These coming-of-age skate films are making waves this year
Skate or die
Directed by: Crystal Moselle
Cast: The real-life Skate Kitchen crew and Jaden Smith
Storyline: Set in New York City, this is a tale about Camille, a lonesome bespectacled 18-year-old who joins an all-girl skate crew. The film is a snapshot into their burgeoning multi-racial sisterhood — one minute the girls are grinding on the gritty streets of the city, and the next minute, they are chilling out in a bubblegum-pink bedroom talking about boys and tampons. Shit gets real when Camille gets involved with her crewmate's ex.
Trivia: Jaden Smith was the only poseur on set who required a skating double.
Directed by: Bing Liu
Cast: Skater dudes Zack Mulligan, Keire Johnson and Bing Liu as well as their loved ones
Storyline: Drawing on more than a decade of footage, this documentary explores the turbulent lives of three multi-ethnic American guys as they bond over skateboarding. Unplanned pregnancy, alcoholism and fractured familial relationships — life seems to beat them down at every turn, and yet, they continue to grind on. This is a skate movie without all that contrived storytelling, try-hard dialogue and hipster aesthetic; instead, it pays attention to the emotional vulnerabilities of these men on their journey of self-discovery.
Trivia: Director Bing Liu also serves as the docufilm’s videographer, co-editor and supporting actor.
Cast: Breakout star Sunny Suljic and Lucas Hedges
Storyline: A shaggy-haired 13-year-old from a broken home? Check. Skateboarding with a newfound rowdy crew to gain independence and identity? Check. A wicked-sick 90s-inflected soundtrack featuring The Cure and Wu-Tang? Check. An underage, love-making scene? Checkmate.
Trivia: Shot entirely on 16mm film, Mid90s is actor Jonah Hill's directorial debut.