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Meet Ghana’s skate soccer team, who play an extreme sport invented to suit their disability.
Meet Ghana’s skate soccer team, who play an extreme sport invented to suit their disability.
294 backers pledged $38,577 to help bring this project to life.

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Rollaball: 2017 Update

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What a year! Thank you for your continued patience while we work on Rollaball. The film is still in production and has made some progress in 2016. Notably, renowned film editor Megan Gill came on board to re-edit the first 2 acts of the film.

The delays to completing the production have been due to two things: Challenges in fundraising and the fact that the event we hope to shoot to close the film (act 3) – Albert’s dream of an African Cup of Nations - is still in development.

The good news is that the Rolling Rockets team is now being sponsored by Binatone. Their first act of sponsorship will be a tournament on the 15th January, which will take place on the beach in Accra, against the team from Kumasi.

The sport of Skate Soccer has also been officially registered in Ghana, and Binatone would like Coach Albert to start an international federation, ie. the FIFA of Skate Soccer. We’ll update you with any news on this.

Independent documentary filmmaking is often a long journey, but hopefully one with a rewarding destination - that you will all enjoy. Please stay in touch with us via Facebook

All the best from Eddie and the Rollaball team

Director Eddie with Smallee, June 2016
Director Eddie with Smallee, June 2016

Rollaball: 2015 Update

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Hi Rollaball backers

It’s 2015 and soccer fever has taken over the world again as AFCON looms. Naturally were supporting Ghana’s Black Stars…

We wanted to give you an update of where the project is, especially for those who aren't signed up for the bi-annual newsletter on the website, or follow us on social media. 

We have now edited the first two acts of the film. In 2014, we focused on raising further money for a final shoot in Ghana. Simultaneously, the Rolling Rockets' manager, Albert, has been fundraising and drumming up support for his passion project: an African Cup of Nations tournament for skate soccer teams in west Africa. The tournament requires a large amount of sponsorship and logistics support and we’re doing what we can to help the team with their proposal. Albert has some key meetings this month, so we’re holding thumbs.

This tournament is the central challenge for The Rolling Rockets, and the film. Our next shoot will aim to cover the drama of the lead-up to a big skate soccer tournament, and then the tournament itself. We really want this tournament to complete the narrative of Rollaball. 

The good news is that in August 2014, Rollaball was selected as part of Venice Film Festival’s Final Cut lab. Seven African and Middle-Eastern projects were selected to pitch their work-in-progress projects to industry during the festival. During the Final Cut lab, we were awarded post-production support from Knightworks in Paris.

We continue to engage our Ghanaian crew to film the team whenever possible, to fundraise and support the tournament plans. 

Thanks for your continued support and patience. We hope to bring you a completed Rollaball in late 2015!

Rolling Rockets' Smallee (L) hitches a ride on a fellow polio survivor's double-cab tricycle (Nov '14)
Rolling Rockets' Smallee (L) hitches a ride on a fellow polio survivor's double-cab tricycle (Nov '14)

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Rollaball news (Oct 2013)

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Hello Rollaball supporters

It’s been a year since our Kickstarter campaign and a lot has happened! We want to share the latest news with you:

Since our February shoot in Ghana, we have been assembling the new footage - it's looking really good! We hope to have some clips to share with you on our Facebook page and website next month.

The good news is that we received some additional funding that will allow us to travel to Ghana again to spend more time with the team. Their plans for a tournament are still in the works and there is a rumour that a Nigerian team will be travelling to Ghana in the coming months. We continue to monitor the teams’ progress both on and off the ‘pitch,’ and there have been some interesting developments that we look forward to filming and sharing with you.

This does mean that the film will not be completed in 2013 as we originally projected - but we hope that this new footage will make it worth the wait! A release in time for the 2014 Soccer World Cup is looking like the most likely option. We hope that the worldwide focus on soccer will provide the ideal platform on which to present skate soccer to the world!

As you backed the project on Kickstarter, we will make sure to keep you up to date on the proposed dates for delivery of your rewards. We appreciate your patience and your continued support!

If you would like to sign up for our newsletter, please submit your email address at the bottom of our home page: http://rollaballmovie.com/

Please stay in touch with us via Facebook and twitter!

All the best from Eddie, Steven, Shelley and the RB team

A Rollaball update (May 2013)

Hi Rollaball backers

We wanted to share our latest news with you –

Since our February shoot in Ghana, we have been assembling the new footage - it's looking really good!

In April we received great news that the Rolling Rockets had been invited to participate in the Super 4 Para-Soccer Demonstration match in Nigeria this October. Three Nigerian teams will compete against one team from Ghana in this Promasidor-sponsored clash. The Ghanaian team will be made up of players from all over the country so we hope that a few Rolling Rockets members will make the cut! The good news is that we received some additional funding that will allow us to film the tournament; this will be great exposure for the sport.

This does mean that the film will not be completed mid-year as we originally projected, but we hope that this new footage will make it worth the wait! We will keep you up to date on the proposed dates for delivery of your rewards. We appreciate your patience and your continued support!

Please stay in touch with us via Facebook and twitter!

All the best from Eddie, Steven, Shelley and the RB team

We're off to Ghana!

Hello Rollaball supporters,

It’s 4 months on from our successful Kickstarter campaign and we have some news we thought you’d like to hear.

Last night our crew (director Eddie Edwards, director of photography, Frank, and sound recordist, Joe) arrived in Accra, ready for a 2 week shoot! They join our local crew of Kofi, York, Mawuli and Michael. This shoot marks the start of Rollaball's principal photography and we’re very excited about what we will capture during this time. We’ll be spending time with the Rolling Rockets players – both on and off the ‘field’ – filming interviews, skate soccer matches, in-fighting, baby-naming ceremonies and their lives on the street. Eddie and Frank have also come up with some innovative ways to film the matches, which involves a homemade skateboard and a GoPro camera…

Please stay in touch and visit us on Facebook and twitter for up to date news and photos from Accra.

Thanks for your continued support.

The Rollaball team