How To Be A Roll Model

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A skate film by and for girls.

UK born, Amsterdam-based Al Lewis directs How To Be A Roll Model, a documentary about Amsterdam’s youngest girls' skate crew. The film is an ode to freedom, friendship and straight up badass female power following a group of 8-14 year olds through the skatepark, getting a glimpse into their lives. They fall, they goof around, they land tricks. Everything you would expect from your regular skate video. Except for a few things.

When Mérida Miller, the girl's coach and founder of the Dutch non-profit Project Fearless – after-school activities for girls in Amsterdam, with a focus on bravery, leadership and community impact – noticed that she couldn’t find any trick tutorials led by women to send the girls during lockdown, she decided to put together a crew and make a film for the girls, with the girls. So the next time a girl or non-binary youth was looking for a skate film, they’d find someone who looks like them with an invitation to the skate park.

The team behind this film say, 'a group of girls 9-14 skating is also a group of future women owning themselves and taking up spaces that socially were never given to them – a lesson that lots of women weren’t lucky enough to learn at a young age. A group of girls fearlessly rolling down ramps twice their size is pretty badass, and knowing that they aren’t afraid of stepping into a skatepark is both an inspiration and an invitation for others to do the same. A group of girls feeling free and happy, supporting each other, and encouraging others to join them is everything that is right, and definitely a roll model to every female and non-female identifying human out there.'

Al Lewis: “Growing up as a self confessed tomboy, I wished for an initiative like this when I was young. I’d never really filmed with kids before and was a bit nervous about how they’d be as contributors, but meeting the girls for the first time, I was bowled over by their energy, kindness and their willingness to learn. It was so much fun to make because of this and their open honesty and (at times hilarious) view on the world. I’m really pleased we managed to make a film that captures the bubble the girls feel in when they’re skating.  Aesthetically I wanted the video to be a nod to the DIY culture of skate films, with the girls being given cameras themselves and shooting each other. I wanted to create a world where the kids were their own narrators autonomous, without parents and badass."


Director - AL Lewis @__bebebad
DOP - Marina Coenen @marinacoenen
2nd Camera - Max Barden @max_barden_director
Producer - Robyn Ransmeier @robynrans
Producer - Mathilde Grenod @mathildegrenod
Concept + Copywriter - Ane Santiago @anellujah
Concept + Art Director - Emma Mallinin @emmamal
Project Fearless Founder - Merida Miller @mercatmiller
Skate Coach - Pip Williamson @williamson_pip
Editor - Scotti Raz @scottiraz
Editor - Aiden Tuff @aidstuff
Editor - Finn White-Thomson @finnwhitethomson
Assistant Editor - Neus Miraco @leve_livet
Illustrator - Astrid Niari @astrid_niari
Animator - Laura Calvo @feelthecheer
Colorist - Remi Lindenhovius @remi.lindenhovius
Sound Recordist - Andrea de Jonge @andreaaaaa1997
Sound Designer & Mixer - Archie Presley @marmaboog
Sound Producer - Estelle Papougnot
Music Sourcing/Producer - LacynClarke
Music Supervisor - Mike Smaczylo
Music Supervisor - Jonathan Watts
Business Affairs - Akvilina Jaskunaite @akvi_j
PR - Alice Miskin @alicerosamiskin

Jaguar Yoli n/a
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Lapsley @lapsleyyyy
Womxn Lapsley @lapsleyyyy
Tomboy Princess Nokia @princessnokia
La Lune Rousse Fakear @fakearmusic
Shook Tkay Maidza @tkaymaidza

Special Thanks
Adelphoi Music @adelphoimusic
Glassworks Amsterdam @glassworksvfx
Goodpush Alliance @thegoodpush
Pollinate Agency @pollinateagency
Wave Studios Amsterdam @wave_studios_amsterdam
Women Skate The World @womenskatetheworld
Women Win @women_win
Nanja Van Risse @nanyesss