Watch: “The Kids” Teaser Trailer
New York City during the early 90’s is a time that will never be repeated. The streets were buzzing with Tribe and Wu-Tang, Zoo York and Supreme were just starting up, and Revs/Cost plastered the streets. 20 years ago Larry Clark released “Kids,” a controversial film which captured the essence of what it was like to grow up in New York City during this period. Many have viewed the film as testament to New York City skateboarding and street culture. However, the film has also been heavily criticized for being misogynistic, homophobic, and pedophilic. Despite the controversy, the film has gained a cult following and is still popular today. In May, Supreme released a capsule collection to commemorate the film’s 20th anniversary. The cast also reunited at the BAMcinemaFest in June.
On Tuesday morning, a Kickstarter was launched to fundraise $81,000 for the documentary “The Kids.” The documentary is being directed by “Kids” cast member Hamilton Harris and aims to tell the real life stories of the kids that the film was based on. The filmmakers are planning to show rare footage like casting videos, home movies, archival photos, and skate footage in the film. The film has been in pre-production for several years but funds are needed to film more interviews, digitize archival footage, and edit a sample cut of the film. The trailer can be found at around the three minute mark of the Kickstarter video posted below. It shows some rare footage of legendary skaters Justin Pierce and Harold Hunter, plus snippets of interviews with skater Peter Bici and actress Chloë Sevigny. The Kickstarter campaign has raised nearly $7000 dollars within the first day.
12 oz wishes the best of luck to the producers of “The Kids.” We wanted to share this project because “Kids” is a film that has served as a monument to New York City street culture. You can help the project by pledging money on Kickstarter, and possibly snag some rewards from donating.