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!

 
Apr 2012 20

Interview on Derby Deeds Podcast

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On April 20, 2012, we were interviewed by the delightful Megatron on the Derby Deeds Podcast. Check in at 1:29 to hear our interview and a following discussion of the project by Megatron, Val Capone, and Dumptruck! Flat Track Around the World on Derby Deeds!  

Apr 2012 19

Flat Track Around the World on Derbylife

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Derbylife, a Derby News Network and Five on Five magazine joint website dedicated to the exploration of the derby experience kindly reposted our letter to their editors about the film. Read the letter here: Letter to Derbylife.  

Apr 2012 16

Flat Track Around the World is part of Women Center Stage

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Flat Track on Kickstarter

We are so honored and pleased to share with you that Flat Track Around the World has been included in Kickstarter’s Women Center Stage initiative. Women Center Stage is committed to supporting and promoting artistic work by and about women and had this to say about our film: “We don’t know a lot about derby, but this film could […]

Apr 2012 15

Meet the Filmmakers – April 20th

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If you’re in the Portland area this Friday, April 20th, please join Juvie and Cynthia at one of the awesomest events of the year: The Guns ‘N’ Rollers’ Annual Party! In addition to mingling with all the hard-rockin’ ladies of Juvie’s team, the Guns ‘N’ Rollers, there will be LIVE karaoke, a free photo booth, raffles, and […]

Mar 2012 29

Update: And away we go!

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Flat Track to Mexico

Things are trucking along in the Flat Track world and we’re busy getting things in order to begin our first epic expedition to Mexico! Today we launched our first fundraising campaign via Kickstarter. We are traveling to Mexico for three weeks in June to skate with and document the leagues in and around Mexico City.

Mar 2012 29

Kickstart Our Expedition to Mexico!

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Flat Track on Kickstarter

All aboard the Flat Track train to Mexico! Please support the first of our epic expeditions via our brand new Kickstarter campaign!

Mar 2012 29

Promotional Trailer

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Juvie Hall and filmmaker Cynthia Lopez are working with an all-female crew to tell the story of the magic of roller derby through the experiences of women around the globe. Is there some core nugget of derby awesomeness that has the potential to enrich and transform the lives of women everywhere, regardless of age, class, wealth, or geography? Will Juvie discover a way to harness the transformational power of roller derby? Or will she come up empty-handed and have to let go of her dream of derby as a uniting and empowering force for women everywhere? This documentary aims to inspire women everywhere to start their own left-turn adventure with courage and confidence, whether on or off the flat track.

Mar 2012 29

Trailer Released

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Flat Track Around the World Promotional Trailer Screencap

Will Juvie discover a way to harness the transformational power of roller derby? Or will she come up empty-handed and have to let go of her dream of derby as a uniting and empowering force for women everywhere? This documentary aims to inspire women everywhere to start their own left-turn adventure with courage and confidence, whether on or off the flat track.

Feb 2012 14

Project Update

Posted in Project Blog
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The last couple of weeks have been huge for the project. First, we launched this new and improved website for the documentary. It includes a bunch of information about the project, some special features (like production photos), my blog, and information about how to get involved and support the project.

Feb 2012 01

Flat Track Around the World Video Clip

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Flat Track Around the World Early Footage

Check out the first glimpse of Flat Track Around the World footage HERE! We’ve been busy bees and there’s more where that came from, so check back soon for additional clips and our upcoming promotional trailer.

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