Roller derby is life. It is magic and spirit and clarity. Like anything worth experiencing, though, the magic of roller derby comes with a price. Bouts, of course, are fun and exciting and beautifully showcase the skill in the sport, but the experience of playing roller derby is much more than the excitement of bout […]
Hello Laura, Thank you so much for chatting with me earlier today. I’m a roller derby player and lawyer from the U.S. visiting South Africa for a month. I recently learned of the ZAZI campaign here in South Africa (http://www.zazi.orgl) and I was immediately struck by its connection to roller derby. The campaign is designed […]
Hello From Johannesburg! The weather has been delightful and the people even delightful-er. I’m staying with one of the coaches and skaters of the C-Max roller derby league, Pippa “Madame Gutterfly” Van Welie. Punctuated by dazzling evening lightning storms and tales of giant spiders (which I have yet to see, thank goddess), we’ve had an […]
It’s been quite a while since my last post, and even longer since I last traveled to skate with an international roller derby league. And by golly, it’s just high time to get on with it! So, I’M OFF TO SOUTH AFRICA!! Like, next week. No joke. On December 9 I fly out to Johannesburg, South […]
Hello friends! We want to let you in on some exciting news. But first, an update! July 25 “Paint the World Derby” Fundraiser Upate Let’s just say that not only did we raise some funds to put toward our goal of making a fantastic documentary series, but we also sang, danced, and basically had an […]
First, a disclaimer. Roller derby, contrary to popular belief, is not a group of butch lesbians who drink all day, listen to punk music, and slide tackle each other on the track. We are athletes. Strong, smart, diverse, and forces to be reckoned with on and off the track. I happen to be a social […]
Demolition Derby: Better Living Through Personal Apocalypse Flat Track Around the World Juvie Hall & Cynthia J. Lopez TEDxConcordiaUPortland March 23, 2013 CYNTHIA: Once upon a time, on planet earth, in a time really not so long ago, one woman set out upon an epic adventure. It was a quest of the gravest importance, a […]
What is Postcards from Dreamland? Postcards from Dreamland is a collection of dreams (from Juvie, Cynthia or anyone else) related to our epic quest. Episode 5: Dora I was in a rocky outdoor area, kind of like in Lord of the Rings. It was night time. I was with a group; we were running away […]
On March 23, 2013, we had the very great honor of speaking at the 2013 TEDx event at Concordia University. The theme of the event was “velocity,” which is a measurement of an object’s speed and direction. We definitely had lots to say about how roller derby can affect the speed and direction of a […]
Once upon a time, in TEDx land… We finally gave our TEDx talk last Saturday, after months and months of preparation. What a crazy roller coaster adventure. In trying to craft just the right talk we pulled our hair out, drank too much coffee, laughed, cried, flipped tables, and lost lots of sleep. We enlisted friends, acquaintances […]
What is Postcards from Dreamland? Postcards from Dreamland is a collection of dreams (from Juvie, Cynthia, or anyone else) related to our epic quest. Episode 4: Medicine Man The other night I dreamt that Juvie and I were making our film in a foreign land, a place like Tahiti that is warm and surrounded by […]
We are very happy and honored to announce that we’ll be giving a TEDx talk about Flat Track Around the World, journeys, magic, myth, transformation, and maybe a little Buffy the Vampire Slayer! Join us at Concordia University Portland on March 23rd, 2013 to hear our musings and receive untold inspiration from the other 19 […]
Postcards from Dreamland is a collection of dreams (from Juvie, Cynthia, or anyone else) related to our epic quest.
Voila! Our super duper sizzle reel for Flat Track Around the World. Many thanks to Theresa Pridemore and Juvie Hall for bringing the force with them as we created this crazy thing. And special thanks to all of the derby players that we interviewed from the Tijuana Rollerderbygirls, Liga Roller Derby DF, Disasters MXRD, and Roller Derby Guadalajara for their extreme awesomeness.
Filming for a month in Mexico was a weird experience. I’m still not sure what to think of it, or how to process it. I’ve been in a strange state of apathy/malaise ever since we returned to the states. It’s a lot of work to be “on” for that amount of time. I did not […]
Art Director Theresa Pridemore dreams about Flat Track Around the World and shares it for our blog topic, “Postcards from Dreamland”.
Analysis: Bruce Willis is awesome. Bruce Willis and his dreamtime kids like us. Therefore…
In summer 2012, the documentary crew of Flat Track Around the World visited Mexico City, Guadalajara, and Tijuana. And had an adventure of huge proportions.
Jenny and Sean, of In One Day Radio, interviewed Juvie and Cynthia over a nice cold beer. Hilarity ensued! Check it out here: In One Day Radio
Our adventure in Mexico continues as we meet the women of Roller Derby Guadalajara, learn about their experiences starting the league, and spending some quality time practicing our Spanish and eating delicious food.