An Epic Worldwide Documentary
& Roller Derby Adventure

A Documentary Series About the Power of Women’s Roller Derby to Change Lives Around the World

Flat Track Around The World is a documentary series exploring the transformational power of the world’s fastest-growing sport: women’s roller derby. In only seven years, derby has exploded from a handful of leagues in the U.S. to 1300 leagues in 40 countries. Women the world over are choosing to defy traditional institutions and buck convention to play derby, and many are finding it to be profoundly life-changing.

This series, co-produced by derby player Juvie Hall and filmmaker Cynthia J. Lopez, takes viewers on an epic world-wide roller derby adventure to several diverse countries to explore the heart of this global movement. With Juvie acting as our insider guide, and informed by her own dramatic derby-related transformation, the series explores the derby experience across cultures through the stories of women around the world whose lives and communities have been impacted by derby.

While following these women as they either blossom or struggle through their life transformations, the series also examines what it means to be a woman in the world today. As the women navigate their derby experiences in their societies, their stories highlight women’s issues around the world, including gender equality and identity, body image, personal power and authenticity, and social and cultural ideas about women’s roles.  Each of the women’s personal transformations provide clues for addressing these issues for future generations.

Flat Track Around The World is an inspirational series showcasing the beauty, power and courage of women, both on and off the track. The world of the fast-paced, hard-hitting sport of women’s roller derby is a model for creating more tolerant, vibrant and inclusive communities and the astounding growth of these communities gives skaters and non-skaters alike hope for a better tomorrow.

Stay on track with Flat Track Around The World by signing up for our monthly(-ish) newsletter! Get updates about our world travels, hear about our progress in our quest to discover the soul of roller derby, and enjoy stories and guest entries from the global derby community!

 
Jun 2012 29

Our first Mexico City video!

Posted in Videos
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Juvie Hall skates with the MXRD and LRDDF leagues amidst various hijinks and derby-related conversations in Mexico City.

Jun 2012 28

(Rick)Rolling in Mexico City

Posted in Project Blog
Cynthia, Alison and Juvie interviewing skaters at el Zocalo (Photo courtesy of Dannie Darko)

Apparently we picked a crazy time to come to Mexico. On Sunday, July 1, Mexico will hold its Presidential elections, and tension seems to be high all over the city. Maris, our apartment host, told us about a huge demonstration to take place along Avenue Reforma. Bright and early Sunday morning, Stephanie Distress and Lizzy […]

Jun 2012 23

Up, Up and Away!

Posted in Project Blog
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Today begins the first leg of the Flat Track Around the World epic journey—our expedition to Mexico!  We have dreamed; we have planned; we have fretted and rejoiced…and then planned a whole bunch more…and now we’re finally on our way.  After double and triple checks of bags and equipment, we loaded ourselves into a friend’s […]

Jun 2012 08

Flat Track Around the World in the Oregonian

Posted in In the News
Ready for the voyage

The Oregonian’s film writer, Shawn Levy, wrote a piece about our project that was published on the front page of the Living section as well as the Oregonian’s film blog. Here ’tis: Flat Track Around the World Oregonian article  

May 2012 23

Press Release #2

Posted in In the News
Ready for the voyage

Flat Track Around the World PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE OREGON ROLLER DERBY PLAYER EMBARKS ON INTERNATIONAL EMPOWERMENT DOCUMENTARY Portland, OR May 23, 2012 - Next month, Juvie Hall, co-captain of the Guns N’ Rollers, a Portland women’s roller derby team, begins international production on Flat Track Around the World, a documentary about the globally […]

May 2012 02

A Video Thank-You for Our Supporters

Posted in Videos
Flat Track Kickstarter Supporters Thank You Video

Hilarity ensues in the Flat Track world. Thanks for all your support!

May 2012 02

Kickstarter Video

Posted in Videos
Flat Track Kickstarter Mexico Project Video

The quirky video that launched our super successful Kickstarter campaign. Viva la Mexico!

May 2012 02

Interview with Scald Eagle

Posted in Videos
Scale Eagle Video Interview for Flat Track Around the World

In which we highlight Guns N Rollers co-captain, and Derby News Network’s Rookie of the Year, Scald Eagle.

May 2012 02

Kickstarter Success!

Posted in Project Blog
Flat Track Mexico Trip Successfully Funded on Kickstarter

Thanks to our supporters, our Kickstarter campaign was a HUGE success!

Apr 2012 27

Derby Deeds Project Update

Posted in Project Blog

After our smashing Kickstarter success we rejoined Megatron for a project update on Derby Deeds. Tune in at 56 minutes to hear about our next steps! Project update on Derby Deeds    

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