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‘L.A. Roll’ Gives a Rink’s-Eye View of the City’s Roller Skating Community

'L.A. Roll' Gives a Rink's-Eye View of the City's Roller Skating Community

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L.A. Roll

Logline: The vibrant Los Angeles roller rhythm dance community shown through multiple portraits. While the skating community continues to thrive and grow, the rinks become more and more scarce as developers move in and evolve the landscape and culture of LA.

Elevator Pitch: 
“L.A. Roll” is a feature length documentary about the culture and skaters who create the unique to Los Angeles, roller rhythm dancing community. The film follows multiple skaters, skate groups, shop and rink owners, to weave a tale of what it is like to be apart of a community which has become a staple to Los Angeles culture. “L.A. Roll” is a film that puts the audience into a pair of skates as you fly around the smooth and fast wooden rinks through a camera POV that was filmed on skates.

Production Team:
Director/Cinematographer/Editor – Helki Frantzen
Director/Cinematographer/Editor – Thomas Torrescordova
Producer – Frederick Thornton (“Lake Los Angeles,” 2014; “Littlerock,” 2010)

About the Film:
Thomas and Helki are skaters, which deeply impacts how the film and it’s characters are presented. This isn’t an outsider looking in, but rather two insiders let you in on a secret. You get a sense of the love these two have for the community and their fellow community members. The reason we are setting out to make this film is because we believe in the culture that this film presents. While the skating community in LA is growing, the rinks are closing down, leaving skaters with no choice but to venture out to find their skating temples.

Current Status: Fundraising in the middle of production. We still need to finish filming and then go into post.

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