Flat Track Around The World

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Filmmakers Cynthia Lopez and Juvie Hall want to talk to women roller derby players around the world. Join Dmae for a look at the their new work-in-progress documentary series Flat Track Around The World that filmed in Mexico. We’ll hear clips from the film and find out how they’re getting ready for their next round of filming as they head for Egypt and Israel. (Encores 11am Sat (7/20) KZME 107.1FM.)

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When filmmaker Cynthia Lopez and derby player Juvie Hall met they instantly realized they needed to make a film together about Juvie’s passion to play roller derby.So they started to investigate women’s roller derby, the fastest growing sport around the world.  Juvie is currently co-captain of the Guns N Rollers in Portland’s Rose City Rollers roller derby league.  

Juvie Hall skating. Photo: Steve Mancini of Masonite Burn Photography

Juvie Hall skating. Photo: Steve Mancini of Masonite Burn Photography

“Roller derby isn’t about women demanding equality or the right to participate in an existing sport or structure,” said Juvie Hall during the talk. “It isn’t about beating The Man at his own game. It’s about creating a whole new system, based on a fundamentally different set of values.”

Flat Track Fundraising Party:

The filmmakers are raising funds for their trip to the Middle East. The event takes place Thurs, July 25, 2013 at 8pm at 807 NE Couch (At Large Films), 78pm for VIP ticket holders and 8pm to 12 midnight for general tickets.

For more info or for reservations visit: Eventbrite.com.

More about the filmmakers:

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Juvie Hall (center) with roller derby players in Mexico.

Juvie Hall (aka Diana Fedoroff) was once an attorney but changed her life by becoming a roller derby player. She began dreaming up the Flat Track Around the World project after reading a quote from Howard Thurman in which she paraphrases: “Don’t do what the world needs; find out what makes you come alive and then go do that thing, because ultimately what the world needs is people who have come alive.” Recognizing the huge impact roller derby had on her own life, Juvie wanted to explore  women in other cultures  playing roller derby.  She is currently a freelance writer, editor, and budding documentary filmmaker.

cynthia_cameraCynthia Lopez made her first film at age eleven, the print of which was tragically lost. Cynthia has written, produced, directed, shot and edited both documentary and narrative fiction projects since 1998. She has made many short films.  Flat Track Around the World is her  first feature-length documentary. She’s also currently co-producing and directing another documentary , called Who Am I to Stop It, about three Pacific Northwest artists with brain injuries, and how those injuries have impacted their art.

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