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As lifelong skaters, skating brings us joy. Promenading around the rink to the bounce of the music creates an ecstatic feeling of fluidity and freedom, bringing together people of all ages and backgrounds. It is a movement and community that can only be understood through experience. After meeting each other in graduate school at Bard College, we coincidentally moved to Los Angeles at the same time in 2011, and ran into each other while outdoor skating.  We quickly became skating buddies and began to explore the rinks of the city.  We found a thriving and unique dance skating community where we felt welcomed as members of a family.  But within a year of us moving here, our two favorite rinks closed.  As working filmmakers, this prompted us to put our resources together and start a production company that focused on telling experiential stories that tap into the need for love, community and movement.  Our first production, L.A. ROLL, was born.  We invite you to experience the joy of roller skating and to understand the value of the skating rink as a community center, a place of recovery and a place of support.

helki


Director/Producer

helki


Director/Producer

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Thomas


Director/Producer

Thomas


Director/Producer

Born and Raised in Saint Petersburg, Florida by Puerto Rican parents, Thomas Torres (MFA Bard College) is a filmmaker with writing, directing and director of photography credits.  His work includes narrative, documentary, music video and performance art in the tradition of expanded cinema. His technical skills include the knowledge and work flow experience capturing both film 16mm and 35mm as well as video HD and UHD 4k. He shot the award-winning documentary An Encounter with Simone Weil(2010), and PBS-broadcast documentary Strange Fruit (2002) directed by Joel Katz. His films/videos, including White Dwarf and Sonido Blanco, have aired on the Sundance Channel and screened at numerous festivals. He was director of photography on Taken by Storm directed by Roddy Bogawa. His expanded cinema film, Everybody Loves the Sunshine (2007), was featured in a 2009 solo show at the Amie and Tony James Gallery in NYC.   Currently, Thomas is co-directing a feature documentary entitled LA Roll.

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Fredrick


Producer

Fredrick


Producer

Frederick Thornton is an award-winning African-American film producer originally from Cleveland, Ohio. His first feature length film, Littlerock, won him multiple awards including the AFI Audience Award, and IFP Gotham Award for Best Film Not Playing at a Theater near you. In 2014, Thornton was nominated for the Piaget Producers award as part of the Film Independent Spirit Awards. To this date, Thornton has produced eight features, with his newest completed films Day of Forevermore (2016), an experimental art film by Los Angeles based artist, Marnie Weber, and “Drowning (2016),” a Film Independent Project Involve short by Ryan Velasquez. Thornton is currently working on a series of shorts by David Nordstrom, and Sean Hackett’s newest project, Farewell Tour. He graduated from Chapman University with a B.A. in Psychology.

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Gaea


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Gaea Woods is a Los Angeles based artist, photographer and radio show host. After studying fine art at Parsons School of Art & Design in Paris and obtaining a degree in photography at the Rhode Island School of Design, Woods worked in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles in commercial photography. Woods has exhibited her fine art internationally — in Japan, England and the US. She is a two time recipient of the Elizabeth Greenshield Foundation Grant and recently won first place in the Theo Westenberger Estate Spring 2014 Photo Contest. A preview of her latest book, Los Angeles Artists and Their Cars, is currently on view at Soho House West Hollywood through June 2016. You can see her work in print in KALEIDOSCOPE Magazine’s forthcoming (February 2016) issue.  When she’s not making photographs, Woods can be found sharing her opinions regarding love on her bi-weekly radio show, SOULFRIEND. Anyone can call or text in their love questions to SOULFRIEND at: 213-54-LOVE-0 then listen to Woods and her co-host’s answer on the next episode. SOUL FRIEND currently airs on KCHUNG Radio, 1630AM Chinatown. Her knack for sharing her opinion and discussing relationships led her down the path of psychology. Aiming to continue conversing on intimate levels with individuals on and off the air, Woods is currently pursuing her Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology. She eventually plans to add ‘Psychotherapist’ to her long list of occupations.