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For me, titles are usually a result of the creative process, but I never want to leave a piece untitled, so I decided to steal the name of the challenge. Thinking back to some of my own ideas of a roller rink–as a place for immature romance, communal connection, and physical expression–I wanted to write a piece that challenged some aspect of the amalgamation of those ideas within a contemporary context. This is only a quick first draft, but I would love to hear what people think.

My wife and I are semi-nomadic filmmakers and photographers mostly based out of Baltimore. Some of our previous and upcoming work can be found at

Stephen Schuyler
Baltimore, MD, USA
Stephen Schuyler grew up in Baltimore City. In 2020, he won the Short Script category of the Austin Film Festival Screenwriting Competition. He was also named as a 2020 Saul Zaentz Innovation Fund fellow through Johns Hopkins and was awarded a production grant as part of the fellowship. His short films have received grants from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, Panavision, and the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts, among others. His films have screened at the Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA), Austin Film Festival, and Sarasota Film Festival as well as other festivals and venues.

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