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‘The Kids’ Looks at the Individuals Who Gave Rise to Larry Clark’s ’90s Classic

'The Kids' Looks at the Individuals Who Gave Rise to Larry Clark's '90s Classic

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The Kids

Logline: “The Kids” is an unprecedented, all-access documentary about the inside story of the kids who inspired Larry Clark’s 1995 cult classic film “Kids.”

Elevator Pitch: In the early 1990’s, on the cusp of New York City’s mass gentrification, a group of disparate youth ventured outside their broken homes and cultivated a new style of skateboarding inspired by the city’s hardscrabble streets. They found family and spawned an underground cultural revolution, ultimately inspiring Larry Clark’s groundbreaking “Kids.” The crew became overnight international commodities, thrust into the mainstream spotlight. Under the bright lights, some discovered transcendent careers – while others, unequipped to handle hyperbolic fame, suffered fatal consequences, their friends left mourning their untimely deaths. Now, the kids from “Kids” tell their story from the inside out.

Production Team:

Director: Hamilton Harris (“Kids” cast member, street skateboarder, music producer)
Cinematographer: Tobin Yelland (“Beautiful Losers,” “Portraits of Braddock,” “Showing Up”)
Editor: Andrea B. Scott (“Fresh Dressed,” “Hot Girls Wanted,” “Florence, Arizona,” “A Place at the Table”)
Producers: Peter Bici (“Kids” cast member, FDNY); Jessica Forsyth (PhD, Executive Director of The Harold Hunter Foundation); & Caroline Rothstein (award-winning spoken word poet & journalist)

About the Film:

Losing several friends within the skating community – Mike Cardona, Justin Pierce, Keenan Milton, and Harold Hunter – motivated me to make this film: the kids. For me, Harold’s death in 2006 was the last straw. From Harold’s death to 2013, the idea of telling a story about our collective experiences became both a healing tool and necessity for me. Then, in 2013, the idea of doing a documentary organically came about in tandem with one of our now producers, Caroline Rothstein, who wrote the Narratively article “Legends Never Die.” That built momentum to forge ahead with our story now.

Current Status: We are currently in pre-production and fundraising on Kickstarter to bring us to the next stage of production.

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