Hip-hop was a black thing, and skateboarding was a white thing, says one of the characters in All the Streets Are Silent... Where else could these two separate worlds connect but New York? Jeremy Elkin recalls how it happened at the turn of the 1980s and 1990s - during the golden age when Jay-Z, Nas and Busta Rhymes debuted on the East Coast hip-hop scene, when the legendary Mars club was swinging, Larry Clark and Harmony Korine made Kids, and pro skaters started their own companies, such as Zoo York and Supreme. All the Streets Are Silent..., involving hip-hop stars and skateboard legends, is also a trip toward innocence, when street culture was truly wild, independent and refreshing. The rebels of that time have long since become part of the mainstream million-dollar world. Supreme, a brand that started out in a Lower Manhattan store (where Larry Clark found the young protagonists shown in Kids) - was valued at $2.1 billion last year, and skateboarding has become an official Olympic sport.
Audience award nominated film. Please pick up a voting card on entering the screening and tear in a place marking your opinion and throw it into an assigned box after the screening (cards and boxes will be available at the theaters). The filmmakers have a chance of winning $5,000 sponsored by BNY Mellon, Poland.
Jeremy Elkin is a director, screenwriter, cinematographer, and documentary filmmaker. He was born in Montreal and made his first amateur skateboarding films there. He currently lives and works in New York. His full-length debut, All the Streets Are Silent... premiered at the Tribeca Festival.
2015 Call Me Caitlyn (doc. short)
2019 JR: The Chronicles of New York City (doc. short)
2021 Spokój na ulicach: synergia hip-hopu i deskorolki (1987-97) / All the Streets Are Silent: The Convergence of Hip Hop and Skateboarding (1987-1997) (doc.)