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June 2005
Roll Bounce Opening Night Film at the Urbanworld Film Festival

Roll Bounce Opening Night Film at the Urbanworld Film Festival

On Wednesday, June 22nd, the opening night of the Urbanworld Film Festival started with roller skaters performing on the streets of Harlem followed with the WORLD PREMIERE of ROLL BOUNCE, directed by Malcolm D. Lee. The screening took place at the Magic Johnson Theater in Harlem, NYC, located at 300 W 125th St, entrance on 124th Street and 8th Avenue

In attendance were Director Malcolm D. Lee, Bow Wow, Charlie Murphy, Brandon T. Jackson,

Set at the height of the roller disco era, when “jam skating” was born, the film combines the retro thrills of 70s dance and music with the moving story of a family trying to find a way to roll through hard times to a better future. Filled with classic soul tunes, outrageous skating moves and the unforgettable romance of the “couples skate,” ROLL BOUNCE is an infectiously fun trip into a world where when the lights went low and the music came up, you could roll in to anything.

It all begins with Xavier Smith (Bow Wow), also known as X, a young roller wiz who, along with his crew, once ruled supreme at their South Side of Chicago rink, the Palisades Gardens. But when the doors of their favorite hangout close, it marks the end of an era and the beginning of another that sees the boys venturing into completely foreign territory: the North Side’s swanky Sweetwater Roller Rink, with its sleek, well-to-do roller-boys and gorgeous girls in short-shorts.

Roll Bounce will open nationwide on Friday, September 23, 2005

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