Roller Dreams


Capri Theater Fri, Apr 13, 2018 7:00 PM
The Main 4 Sat, Apr 14, 2018 2:30 PM
The Main 5 Mon, Apr 30, 2018 4:45 PM
Ticket Prices
General Public:$14.00
Youth (25 & Under/Box Office Only):$8.00
Film Info
Premiere Status:Minnesota Premiere
Programs:New American Visions
Women & Film
Best of Fest
Women Directors
Voice Category:Art in PIctures
Release Year:2017
Runtime:82 min
Director:Kate Hickey
Co-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


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.

Director Biography

Kate Hickey Kate Hickey is a filmmaker, writer and editor. She worked extensively as an editor for the HBO series GIRLS. Roller Dreams (’17) is her feature-film debut, and earned her the Audience Award at the Sydney Film Festival.



"Hickey effectively uses the roller dance culture of LA's Venice Beach as a microcosm through which to explore uncomfortable truths about the country's attitudes to minority communities." - Screen International


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