Cleveland-native Abdul Seidu made his Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) debut in the film CRSHD. One of the breakout films of this year’s festival, The Hollywood Reporter calls CRSHD “Irrepressibly inventive and often impulsively unrestrained” while the New York Times listed CRSHD writer-director Emily Cohn, who studied at Oberlin College, in its 9 Filmmakers Who Should Be on Your Radar piece.
Best friends Izzy (Isabelle Barbier), Anuka (Deeksha Ketkar), and Fiona (Sadie Scott) are on a bubbly quest to lose their virginities before freshman year ends. They are provided with the perfect opportunity in the shape of a Crush Party organized by the coolest girl on campus—Elise (Isabelle Kenet). Their journey there is dotted by colorful and tongue-in-cheek reenactments of their social media, and sprinkled with anecdotes from campus life.
By the end of the night none of the girls have ended up quite where, or with the person, they thought they would. As a dejected Izzy stumbles out of the back seat of the campus officer’s car, she questions whether she shouldn’t have stayed in to study for her final instead. Everything and everyone looks different in the morning light which brings reconciliations and fresh ideas—maybe what Izzy was looking for was in front of her the whole time! It’s refreshing to see female sexuality presented in such a light, humorous way, and director Emily Cohn captures both the exciting, and the cringey moments all too realistically. The summer ahead looks bright.
Check out photos of the film’s premiere at TFF below!