Why CRSHD Was One of the Best Films We Saw at Tribeca Film Festival


If you like to support talented women filmmakers, or you like indie films, or you like comedy, or you like movies, or people, or things, or places - do yourself a favor and watch CRSHD.

Let me explain.

CRSHD is a short comedy film written and directed by Emily Cohn about three friends at the very tail end of their freshman year in a small liberal arts college, suspended in that warm May haze of being young, stupid, happy and careless. The main event of the end of the year celebrations is the Crush Party, where you submit your crush and they get an invite. If you’re “crushed”, you also get an invite.

The whole freshman year of college high - the one where you’re still a child, but you feel like an adult, and everything is so new and the whole world is there for you to explore - that very particular high transfers from the screen in the warm gold tones of the setting summer-start sun, in the strategic quests for liquor, in the ridiculously flawed teen logic, in every conversation. Emily Cohn captured that age beautifully, because she’s fresh out of it and it still lingers within her. The reason why so many on-screen representations of high school and college feel forced is because they come through a filter of experience and glorification of their creators.

CRSHD doesn’t have that problem, and that is the highlight of the film. It’s fresh, and raw, and real. The dialogue is hilarious and sometimes adorably cliched. The acting is hilarious and awful, and it fits the tone so well that the audience quickly stopped laughing at the film, and embraced its particular quirkiness with unbridled enthusiasm. Cohn’s immature and adolescent filmmaking is light, gorgeous, and very promising. Every single grumpy press attendee left the film happy, which I’ve truly never seen before.

But, I have to say, Cohn’s wonderful piece deserved more! Better production, a better lens, better editing, etc. Obviously, for the evidently small budget - and the fact that it is essentially a student film - the result is absolutely excellent. Nonetheless, superb young filmmakers like Emily Cohn should be given generous financial support to make their ideas into products of the highest quality. We sincerely hope to see so much more of Emily Cohn’s vision, and even seriously hope that Netflix gives her an unlimited budget to create whatever she wants to create next. Can’t wait to watch it all over again and look back on all my freshman year of college Fireball blackouts fondly.