“The Rink” at festivals this summer

The Rink—by Perinspire’s Sarah Friedland + the lovely Mr. Ryan Joseph— was selected as the opening night film for the New Jersey International Film Festival on May 31st. For a film born and raised in Newark NJ, we are very pleased!!!

We will also have our New York City Premier at the Brooklyn Film Festival with two dates:

showtime: 4:00 pm | Sunday June 9 | Windmill Studios— after party and Rink video installation at Dobbin Project Space

showtime: 6:30 pm | Friday June 7 | indieScreen

 
Branch Brook Park Roller Rink, located in Newark, NJ, is one of the few remaining urban rinks of its kind. This concrete structure is nestled in a public park bordered by public housing and a highway. Upon first glance, the exterior resembles a fallout shelter; however, the streamers and lights of the interior are reminiscent of 1970s roller discos. This vibrant film depicts a space cherished by skaters and a city struggling to move beyond its past and forge a new narrative amidst contemporary social issues.

Two main characters emerge: Bonesaw, a tough talking, tattooed member of the Garden State Roller Derby Team; and Graylen, a deeply spiritual, Gospel Night skater. On the surface these two characters are different, both ideologically and in their social and racial backgrounds. However, the film reveals a shared past of violence and drug abuse from which the rink provides a much needed refuge. In telling the story of a roller rink, the film touches on “urban renewal” in Newark, resistance and the 1967 uprising, contemporary downtown gentrification, segregation and inequalities, and the ways people play. The Rink is a tribute to the ever dwindling affordable spaces of diversion in American cities, places where citizens can congregate, create community, and enjoy life.

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