Last night at Brooklyn’s Nitehawk Cimema, we snacked on popcorn and sipped pumpkin beers before catching a sneak-peek screening of Mitchell Ware’s new NYC skateboarding documentary, We Out Here, presented by Airwalk as part of their Already Famous campaign. All day today, you can stream We Out Here in its entirety, at the bottom of this post and on every page of TheFADER.com.
Shot completely in black and white, We Out Here offers a sensitive glimpse into the lives of a handful of young New York skateboarders facing things like homelessness and gang violence on a day-to-day basis. Often outcasts in their own neighborhoods, the doc shows how skateboarding provides them with a tight-knit community while allowing them to set tangible goals, both personal and professional. Often funny and consistently poignant, the film melds close-up interviews with the skaters and their families and classic skate movie shots of the the kids doing what they do best. Later, the film turned the conversation to the late Harold Hunter, whose face became iconic after appearing in Larry Clark’s mid-’90s NYC classic Kids. The charismatic skater grew up in the Avenue C projects and made an enduring impact on the NYC scene before his tragic death in 2006.
Following the screening, Jessica Forsyth of the Harold Hunter Foundation spoke about her connection to the film and the importance of providing creative outlets for disengaged youths. “How can I help?” a young man in a black hoodie asked from the audience. “I wouldn’t be where I am today if somebody didn’t help me out,” he continued. “I want to give back.”