FILM SUBMISSION: ‘Live to Skate’ by Ava Kuslansky


Our ‘Women Film-Makers’ segment wants to try to showcase the work of budding women directors. This doesn’t necessarily mean you have to be making films as a profession, or submitting them to festivals, you can submit something you made for a school project, or just lil experimental stuff you’ve shot by yourself or with friends. All we need is a bit of writing about yourself and the film, and a working YouTube/Vimeo link. Click here for more details on how to submit.

Ava Kuslansky, is 18 years old and an up and coming director. She is currently an intern at the Weinstein Company. 2 weeks ago, 3 of her short films made up 1/2 of the ‘For Kids by Kids’ section of VisionFest film festival. (  In the fall, she will be attending Pratt Institute as a film major with a merit scholarship. Here are links to her YouTube and Vimeo.

Live 2 Skate is a film that she produced, filmed, interviewed, edited, and wrote in the Summer of 2013, and then later re-edited in the Fall of 2014.  It investigates the controversies of race, gender, business and general stereotypes within skateboarding culture. She made the film as an outsider with no connection to skateboarding at the time. As a documentary film maker, she believes “there is a power to being an outsider, you are a neutral observer. Once you are a part of the culture, you build an opinion”. It was inspired by Andrew Lovgren’s documentary Freeling. She later connected with Lovgren who advised her on ways to improve the film. This film was featured in the VisionFest Film Festival 2015, in the By Kids for Kids section, along with being screened at IDTech in the NYU Tisch building.

Live to Skate from Ava Kuslansky on Vimeo.

By Chloe Leeson

CHLOEChloe Leeson is 19 and from the north of England (the proper north). She believes Harmony Korine is the future and is pretty sure she coined the term ‘selfie central’. She doesn’t like Pina Coladas or getting caught in the rain but she does like Ezra Miller & Dane DeHaan a whole lot. Her favourite films are The Beach, Lords of Dogtown and Into the Wild. But DON’T talk to her about Paranormal Activity. She rants @kawaiigoff.

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