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Roll Bounce (2005), preceded by The Beauty President (short)

Malcolm D. Lee

Rated PG-13 / Narrative / 1 hour, 52 minutes

In 1978 Chicago, after the local roller rink the “Palisade Garden” closes down, 16-year-old Xavier “X” Smith and his friends Junior, Boo, Naps, along with his new neighbor Tori, spend their summer roller skating in the ritzy uptown rink “Sweetwater” where they are disrespected by the five-year roller disco contest champions, Sweetness and his crew, the Sweetwater Rollers. They enter the contest themselves to earn their place at the rink. Xavier reconnects with an old crush Naomi.

The Beauty President (short)
Director- Whitney Skauge
IMDb Link- https://www.imdb.com/title/tt14039676/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1
Runtime- 10m 22s
Description- In 1992, at the height of the AIDS pandemic, activist Terence Alan Smith made a historic bid for president of the United States as his drag queen persona Joan Jett Blakk. Today, Smith reflects back on his seminal civil rights campaign and its place in American history.

Part of our Black Lens Film Week

August 21-27, 2023

Sidewalk Film Festival

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