The following is excerpt from our talk with Rachelle before the live stream premiere of A Good Friday To Fall on Volcom's Twitch channel.
How did you meet your co-star Dafny?
I met Dafny [Estrada] in the summertime in July, we met at Domino park, she asked if she could try my board out. So we got her a board and just started hanging out. She fell really hard that day. I got that video, but I’m not going to post it because I feel like that it’s gnarly and she’s child. But she took it like a champ.
And this relationship was your inspiration for A Good Friday To Fall?
So the film is really just about us skating after that [meeting], just friends. It’s funny because I realized we just hang out like friends even though she’s 11 and I’m 23. And that’s just how it works in skateboarding, to hang out with people of all ages.
We just wanted to show what’s it like to to around, what’s it’s like in a day. Going from spot to spot. You fall you laugh you take a break go to the deli.
Is there anything you've taken from this experience that you weren't expecting?
I realized that not only was I teaching her how to skate, she was teaching me in a big way what it means to really skate. Which is to have fun. Watching her fall in love with skating, made me re-fall in love with it. That’s kind of what it’s about. The whole day, messing around, skateboarding in between. It’s the entire lifestyle around skateboarding.
How long did it take to film?
It took two days to film. It was kind of a rush to get everything. 'Cause there’s like five or six locations. We were all just going around in the city, the 90 Degree Collective, my group of friends out in the city, all really young filmmakers all really talented, all of them are in their twenties.
It sounds all very fluid, very fortuitousness.
I started out just skating for fun. I actually ran into the director on the train, that’s how I met Crystal [Moselle, director of the 2018 film, Skate Kitchen], and I met Dafny in a very similar way, I became friends with her and we just made it. At the end of the day I’m not an actor, I just skate for fun. This just happened.