Roller Dreams + The Rookie Season


The Commons Tue, Jun 19, 2018 7:00 PM
Ticket Prices
General Public:FREE
Film Info
Program:Movies in the Park
Women Directors
Release Year:2017
Runtime:82 min
Festivals & Awards:MSPIFF 2018 Official Selection
Director:Kate Hickey
Producer:Cecilia Ritchie
Diana Ward
Angie Fielder
Polly Staniford
Cinematographer:Toby Oliver ACS
Editor:Rachel Grierson-Johns
Kate Hickey
Composer:Kathryn Bostic
Principal Cast:James Lightning aka Mad
Sara Messenger aka Sally Piano
Terrell Ferguson
Larry Pitts
Jimmy Rich
Duval Stowers


For one night only, The Commons will let slide the "no skates in the park" rule. Designated areas of the park will be off-limits, including where the screen and farmers market are setup. Please respect these boundaries and follow instructions from on site staff. We want to ensure the safety and enjoyment of all gathered for Movie Night and the Mill City Night Market.

The Film Society, in partnership with Green Minneapolis, presents Movies in the Park at The Commons Summer 2018!

The Commons is a 4.2 acre public green space in downtown Minneapolis bounded by 4th and 5th Streets and Park Avenue and 5th Avenue.

Designated "BYO" Alcohol event. Click here to learn more about "BYO" events at The Commons.

Screening with the Minnesota Made short documentary The Rookie Season by Hannah and Molly Nemer | 28 min | Synopsis: Quirk, strength and joy are revealed as these Minnesota Roller Derby hopefuls brave try-outs and the league draft.

Roller Dreams Description:
Kate Hickey's lively documentary feature takes us back to the beats of Venice Beach, 1984. Suffocated by the pressures of the city, young people found solace on the beaches of Venice, California, creating their own community through a shared bond—roller dancing. This phenomenon gave rise to a new way of life that united cultures and classes through the celebration of movement, rhythm and technique. At its height, the roller dancing that took place on Venice Beach showed the promise of people being together without agenda or prejudice.

But the dream didn’t last, and this vibrant multicultural circle was soon interrupted by greed, politics and incoming gentrification. Taking a look back at the golden age of the 80s, the documentary crew interviews the skaters as adults, who provide insight on their experiences of the time and their feelings on how and why the “roller dream” was taken away.

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