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Dec 2013 20

One Woman’s Perspective

Posted in Project Blog by Juvie

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 […]

Dec 2013 18

Letter to the U.S. Embassy in South Africa

Posted in In the News, Project Blog by Juvie

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 […]

Dec 2013 15

Post from the Road

Posted in Project Blog by Juvie
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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 […]

Dec 2013 03

It’s Time for an Adventure!

Posted in Project Blog by Juvie

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 […]

Jun 2013 27

Reinventing a Paradigm: Guest post by Roarshock Tess

Posted in Project Blog by Juvie

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 […]

Jun 2013 25

Demolition Derby at TEDx: The Script

Posted in Project Blog by Juvie

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 […]

May 2013 29

Postcards from Dreamland, Episode 5: Dora

Posted in Project Blog by Juvie

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 […]

Apr 2013 20

Flat Track Around the World TEDx Video: Demolition Derby

Posted in Project Blog, Videos by Juvie
Cynthia & Juvie at TEDx

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 […]

Mar 2013 28

TEDx Talk = Great Success!

Posted in In the News, Project Blog by Juvie
Cynthia & Juvie at TEDx

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 […]

Feb 2013 14

Postcards from Dreamland, Episode 4: Medicine Man

Posted in Project Blog by Cynthia

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 […]

Jan 2013 08

TEDx talk? Us? Why, of course!

Posted in In the News, Project Blog by Juvie

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 […]

Oct 2012 29

Postcards from Dreamland, Episode 3: Truck Race in the Mega Church

Posted in Project Blog by Cynthia

Postcards from Dreamland is a collection of dreams (from Juvie, Cynthia, or anyone else) related to our epic quest.

Oct 2012 26

Sizzle Reel!

Posted in Project Blog, Videos by Cynthia
Sizzle Reel

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.

Oct 2012 18

I know we just met, but…can I meet your grandma?

Posted in Project Blog by Juvie
Juvie skating in the streets of Mexico City

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 […]

Sep 2012 27

Postcards from Dreamland, Episode 2: The dream of Theresa Pridemore

Posted in Project Blog by Cynthia

Art Director Theresa Pridemore dreams about Flat Track Around the World and shares it for our blog topic, “Postcards from Dreamland”.

Sep 2012 25

Postcards from Dreamland, Episode 1

Posted in Project Blog by Cynthia

Analysis: Bruce Willis is awesome. Bruce Willis and his dreamtime kids like us. Therefore…

Aug 2012 27

Mexico Teaser Video

Posted in Project Blog, Videos by Cynthia
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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.

Jul 2012 13

Flat Track Around the World: Roller Derby Guadalajara

Posted in Project Blog, Videos by Cynthia
Bout in Guadalajara July 7, 2012

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.

Jun 2012 28

(Rick)Rolling in Mexico City

Posted in Project Blog by Juvie
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 by Juvie
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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 […]

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