Live Free. Skate Hard.
LIVE FREE. SKATE HARD. will be a visually entertaining and informative story about Free State Roller Derby, told through the narrative and actions of characters—including local and regional leagues and teams, with a flavor of the national scene as well as the past, present, and future of the sport.
Inclusion StatementThis documentary captures the inclusive and supportive culture of the women who skate roller derby. The sport brings women of every possible background together in a nurturing family that encourages individual expression, fun, physical challenge, and success through teamwork.
About The Project
Free State Roller Derby's mission is to provide an accessible way to empower skaters of all skill levels to learn and play the sport of all-women’s flat track roller derby, develop self-confidence, and increase fitness in a safe, supportive, diverse, and welcoming environment. FSRD is based in Rockville, MD, and feature two travel teams—the Black-Eyed Suzies and Rock Villains—that have a busy schedule of bouts and events.
The LIVE FREE. SKATE HARD. documentary will capture roller derby’s unique culture through the voices and images of FSRD skaters, crew, officials, and coaches—at games and behind the scenes.
Roller derby is truly the most popular sport hidden in plain sight! The audience will be educated, entertained, and amazed at the rich and varied characters’ stories and journeys. It will crack open your mind to witness the empowerment, inclusiveness, support, and celebration of a world-wide movement.
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About This Team
Our production team is highly skilled and knowledgeable in their respective areas of expertise. They bring rich experience and are stoked to be involved in this project... from pre-production to the final cut and beyond!
Sarah McCallister, Associate Producer. Sarah, a.k.a. Vixen TaKillya, is the marketing and outreach chair of Free State Roller Derby as well as a skater, official-in-training, and sometimes helper of the bench staff. She provides a wealth of knowledge about the sport. Click here for more info about Vix.
Sandi Burtseva, Associate Producer. Sandi, a.k.a. Slaughter Lily, originally from Saint Petersburg, Russia, now lives in Silver Spring, Maryland. She is a Free State Roller Derby league co-chair, bench coach, and skater who has been involved in the organization since its founding in 2009. Her knowledge and anecdotes about the sport appear to be endless. Click here for more info about Slaughter.
Legrand McMullen, Producer/Director. Legrand is an award-winning screenwriter and producer. He's written and produced four short films (one of which was the first curated and greenlit short film on the Seed & Spark platform). He's also penned four feature screenplays, four one-hour television pilots, and many short scripts. He has published three volumes of poetry and is working on a fourth. A musician, he has performed in venues from NYC's CBGB's to DC's 9:30 club and back again, with many different bands.
Daniela Mileykovsky, Director of Photography. Daniela is originally from Chicago and currently resides in Baltimore, MD. She works on narrative films, TV shows, documentaries, commercials, corporate projects around the DMV area and world wide. She’s not afraid to get her hands dirty, she can fit in small spaces, and shots from her height make people look like heroes. Click here for more info about Daniela.
Gina Biver, Sound Engineer, Music Composer, Sound Design. Gina provides music composition and sound design for film and multimedia. She also composes electro-acoustic music for chamber ensemble, choir, multimedia, dance, and film, and is leader of the eclectic group, Fuse Ensemble. As an electric guitarist, she has appeared in Kerrang! Guitar World, Guitar for the Practicing Musician magazines, and has performed in numerous venues, including the Ritz and CBGB's in New York, The Kennedy Center, and at the NGA as a member of the National Gallery of Art's New Music Ensemble. Click here for more info about Gina.
Sheila Smith, Director of Photography. Sheila works as a DP and Steadicam operator on many independent features, commercials, documentaries, television shows, sporting events and dance and music videos. She owns a Sony F5 package, Steadicam, lighting and grip equipment. Clients include WETA, PBS, BBC, NBC, Discovery Network, etc. In 2009 Sheila won the Women of Vision award from WIFV-DC and in 2000 the Director of Photography/Film DC Peer Award. Click here for more info about Sheila.