Celebrate Kids' 20th by pledging to this documentary
At this point in time everyone knows the movie Kids, and even if you haven’t seen it you most definitely know about it. The film, which has been celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, became an instant cult classic for many reasons. The story, which takes place during 24 hours in New York City, centers around Jennie (Chloë Sevigny) trying to find serial de-virginizer Telly (Leo Fitzpatrick) to tell him that he gave her HIV – all between scenes of underage drinking, teenage sex, and drug use. In fact the story was so polemic at the time of its release that the film received an NC-17 rating from the MPAA. For those of you who don’t know what that means, NC-17 is a rating usually reserved for porn. Yep.
However the film is also famous for being the first that Harmony Korine wrote, the first that Larry Clark directed, and the first that saw most of its actors grace the silver screen. But while Chloe Sevigny, Rosario Dawson, Korine, and Clark went on to become as iconic as the film itself, sadly some of the other people involved in the project met a different reality. Five cast members passed away in the years following the film’s release, notably skateboarders Justin Pierce (who plays Casper) and Harold Hunter, with their deaths having many parallels to the film’s themes.
The film has been commemorating its 20th anniversary with some celebratory things like a collaboration with Supreme and a special screening at BAM that included an incredible reunion by almost all cast members (the first in 15 years!). Now Hamilton Harris – who showed us how to roll blunts in the movie – is set on creating The Kids, a documentary that aims to show never before seen footage of the making of film and the repercussions of the lifestyle that it showcased.
The trailer for the film can be found on its Kickstarter page, which just launched four days ago and has already reached 1/6th of its $81,000 goal. With never before seen footage, a Larry Clark stamp of approval, and the best contributor rewards (which range from getting an exclusive sticker for your board to being able to spend a day on set and even getting a blunt-rolling session with Hamilton himself) we’re sure The Kids will be as classic as the film that started it all.
Read our recap of the 20th anniversary screening at BAM here
Donate to the Kickstarter campaign for your chance at sick rewards [here]( https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/thekidsfilm/the-kids-a-documentary-about-the-kids-who-inspired?ref=video)
Photos via The Kids’ kickstarter page