Roller DreamsAustralia, United States, 2017 : Canadian Premiere
It’s 1984 and Venice Beach, CA, is at the epicenter of a pop culture explosion. Young people of color seeking refuge from the turmoil of inner city life flock to the eclectic ocean community to create a brand new phenomenon: roller dancing! The talent and vibrant personality of this multicultural roller “family” draws massive crowds and influence Hollywood. But just as roller dancing flourishes, politics, money and gentrification conspire to take their dreams away. Featuring James Lightning aka Mad, Sara Messenger aka Sally Piano, Terrell Ferguson, Larry Pitts, James “Jimmy” Rich, Duval Stowers
LA Film Festival 2017
Sydney Film Festival 2017
BFI London Film Festival 2017
Kate Hickey is an Australian filmmaker based in Los Angeles. Graduating from Sydney Film School in 2005, Kate was the recipient of the Sculpting Pictures Award for film editing. After relocating to Los Angeles in 2007, Kate assisted acclaimed editors Dylan Tichenor (BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN, MAGNOLIA) and Myron Kerstein (RAISING VICTOR VARGAS, GARDEN STATE), working on films such as THE TOWN, WHIP IT & FUGITIVE PIECES among others. Most recently Kate was editor on Lena Dunham’s HBOs series GIRLS and OH LUCY!. ROLLER DREAMS is her directorial debut.
press for Roller Dreams
"Contrasting vivid cultural snapshot with damning social commentary, Roller Dreams takes its place in the growing pantheon of documentaries which aim to expose the American Dream."- SCREENDAILY
screened with a short film
Canada, 2017, 7 min, Director Mike Hooves, Producer Fairytales FilmWhere does a bicycle shop fit within feminism? A look into a weekly initiative created to allow people of marginalized genders to comfortably participate in bike shop culture.
Producer Diana Ward in attendance
Toby Oliver Acs
Audience Award, Best Documentary Sydney Film Festival 2017