SK8 – a short film by Jabree Webber
“You wanna fly, you got to give up [what] weighs you down.” – Toni Morrison Who is Jabree Webber?
A Detroit native, Jabree Webber is a recent graduate of USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. Through her exposure to different types of storytelling, Jabree discovered her love for filmmaking. Her short film, IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT, screened in Cannes at the 2019 Global Women of Color in Film Corner. Her acting work includes notable credits such as UNBELIEVABLE (Netflix/CBS), THE HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS (OWN/Tyler Perry Studios), and indie films like THIS IS HOW I WANT TO REMEMBER H.E.R. As a fearless multi-hyphenate, Jabree knows that you cannot authentically change the narrative without changing the storytellers in charge of creating those narratives. Whether acting, writing, or directing- Jabree is committed to utilizing her talents in order to impact social change, enrich young people, and transcend social inequalities. What is the story?
At the peak of black girlhood, Mellie, strives to get through her adolescence- sometimes succeeding, sometimes not, but always persevering. After discovering an abandoned skateboard left behind by her late mother, this 16-year-old black girl unlocks her magic.
Black girlhood is an aspect of the coming of age genre that we rarely see depicted in media. While there are many facets of what it means to be young, black, and female- SK8 dives into a world where black girls have taken on the art of skateboarding and have found the perfect place for it- the “hood.” As a young black girl from Detroit, I grew up rollerskating. Skating became a refuge not only for me but for so many other girls who looked like me.
While skateboarding is deemed to be the symbol of urban anarchy, it neglects to include those same urban bodies in these communities. Instead of depicting this world, the inner city, and the characters with a grungy, bleak, and gray undertone - SK8 comments on these larger issues through the use of dynamic color and a poetic cinematic style. How you can help?
Growing up, I remember how involved I became with dynamic female characters. Outside of my family, these depictions became some of the most important relationships in my world. In addition to supporting healthy and dynamic depictions of young black girls, donating and supporting SK8 comes with many perks! As a donor, you help us make this a reality. We value your support and look forward to embarking on this journey with you.Incentives:
$25 – “Special Thanks” Credit
We’ll include "special thanks" just for you in the ending credits of our film.
$50 – Digital Movie Poster
Enjoy a digital copy of our official movie poster!
$100 – Private Screener
Enjoy early access to the film with this private screener to be shared directly with you after the film is completed.
$500 – Exclusive BTS access
This includes behind-the scenes material, outtakes, set photos and much more.
$1,000 - Meet the Creators
Meet the creatives behind SK8 to talk about all aspects of the productions process.
$2,000 – Become an Executive Producer
Receive an official credit in the ending credits and on the IMDB page!