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Roller Dreams is a humorous and poignant feature documentary about the rise and fall of the iconic Venice Beach roller dancing scene.

They were born to dance, but forgotten... until now. Roller Dreams is a humorous and poignant feature documentary about the rise and fall of the iconic Venice Beach roller dancing scene. Before skateboards, there were roller skates, and in 1978 the best of the best gathered in Venice Beach, California, to dazzle onlookers with their grooves and moves. 

Thanks to their fancy footwork, Venice Beach became a world renown tourist hotspot, with Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley declaring Venice Beach "the roller skating capital of the world" in 1978. Hollywood soon came calling, but most of the original skaters failed to capitalize on the sport they popularized. Then came the 1990s and when drugs and Gangsta Rap took over at the beach, many of the skaters felt the Los Angeles Police force became intent on shutting down their beloved oasis at Venice Beach. 

As the soulful brothers and sisters who drew the original crowds attempt to reunite for one final skate to revive the dream, they share their stories and heartaches. "The dream didn't fade, it was taken," says Mad, who spearheaded the roller dance movement. Feast your eyes on never seen before footage and interviews with the unforgettable characters that started it all. Get ready to lace your skates and roll along to the sounds of disco once more.

OUR MISSION FOR THE FILM

Roller Dreams aims to tell the stories of people that started a movement, the highs, the lows and the dreams that never went away. We want the world to remember the visual spectacle and sounds that made Venice Beach, CA what it is today, and most importantly get to know the real people behind the phenomenon that has been left in the dustbin of history.

WHY WE NEED YOU

We are in the finishing stages of filming and need your help to get it over the line. So far director Kate Hickey has spent three years of weekends and days off to capture this fascinating story. We will use your money to license music and roller skate movie footage (Skatetown USA, Roller Boogie, Xanadu) used in the film, for archival and news footage of Venice Beach and Los Angeles surrounding the phenomenon for the finishing touches required to get the film to you.

ABOUT KICKSTARTER

Kickstarter is a funding platform that allows individuals to jump on board and support creative projects. Everyday thousands of fabulous people donate their own money to help get projects over the line - whether $1 or $10,000 - and every dollar counts. However every Kickstarter project must be fully funded before its time expires or we don't get anything.

WHAT HAPPENS IF WE DON’T REACH OUT GOAL

Even if we are one dollar short of our goal, we get nothing, so we really do mean it when we say every cent helps! When we meet our goal we will begin editing and ordering merchandise so that we can send you your rewards straight away and the DVDs as soon as possible. So please spread the word!

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WHEN WE REACH OUR GOAL,
THIS IS WHAT THE MONEY IS FOR:

Your pledge to meet our $10,000 goal means we can finish the film and get it to some festivals and to you.

More money allows us to license more of the songs that the dancers actually danced to, purchase more archival footage to show you how it really was back in the day, pay for better transfers of the hundreds of hours of footage shot by skaters in the 80s and 90s for us and for community archival purposes, a professional color grade, better graphics, a top notch sound mix, marketing for the film and the ability to take the film to key industry markets such as MIPCOM, Cannes, Hot Docs, Silver Docs, Sheffield and IDFA.

Thus our entire wish budget is closer to $200,000.For this reason if you wish to donate $25,000 or over, you will get an Executive Producer credit on the film, plus invitations to all screenings and one of each item of merchandise plus a linen bound photo book of the Venice Beach skaters.

Here's our budget breakdown:

Music Licensing - up to $35,000

Music Composition - up to $10,000

Archival Footage Licensing - up to $55,000

Footage Transfers - up to $5,000

Color Grade - $5,000

Graphics - $2,000

Sound Mix - $10,000

Marketing - $5,000

Graphic Design - $2,000

Festival Entries - $1,500

Distribution Markets - $20,000

Merchandise - $5,000

Legal Fees - $20,000

Kickstarter Fees - 8-10% of the total pledged

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  • I think you have seen that we are not the best people to ask, however one lucky Los Angeles area supporter will win a lesson with cast member Jeffrey Young at Venice Beach. Just be the first So-Cal resident to donate $100 or more.

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