Mad is the godfather of roller dancing at Venice Beach, spearheading the roller dancing scene there in 1979. He is a man who strives for authenticity with every move he makes. Venice was his sanctuary. His signature is his smoothness — he glides on skates.
Sally is one of the few female OGs still skating. When she came across the roller dancers in 1981 she was instantly drawn to Mad. Her ability to dance on skates comes from her life experiences. Llike the other OGs, skating for her is sacred.
Terrell was mentored by Mad at Venice Beach. He is a heavy free-styler and detests practice. Terrell's style combines freestyle, acrobatic and break dance moves, with his signature being a scissor kick handstand.
Duval, a professional comic book artist,invented an alter ego called ‘Superion’, who is the only black superman known to mankind. His signature move is called ‘The Pinnochio Theory’, where he leans back and defies gravity as if someone is holding him up by strings.
Larry was there in the very beginning in Venice with Mad. Larry’s skating style is laid back and silky smooth with loads of feeling. He is renowned for his precision skating and doing figure eights between small bottles filled with sand.
On his first day skating four girls gave Jimmy their number and he was hooked. He skated with Mad and Terrell in skate events all over Los Angeles and started to hone his own style by turning his mistakes into magic thanks to his intrinsic sense of rhythm.
Director Kate Hickey is best known for editing on HBO's Girls and feature film Oh Lucy! Kate was obsessed with Olivia Newton John in the movie Xanadu as a child. Now 20 years later she has documented the real group behind the roller craze that took over the world. Roller Dreams is her directorial debut.
Producer Cecilia Ritchie recently produced TV series The Other Guy and short documentary The Happiness Box. She is best known for producing critically-acclaimed documentary Searching 4 Sandeep, Del Kathryn Barton’s short film RED, ABC TV series Next Stop Hollywood and Cate Shortland’s thriller Berlin Syndrome.
Prior to teaming up with Kate on Roller Dreams, Diana Ward produced numerous award-winning short films and music videos. In producing Roller Dreams, she has gotten to know Venice Beach inside and out, but still can't skate. Diana is currently in post production on documentary The Claw and is a 2018 Film Independent Project Involve producing fellow.