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 the pit of a hill 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. Serving extremely diverse subcultures within Newark, the rink is a microcosm of the city that surrounds it.
The Rink tells the story of Branch Brook Park Roller Rink and the people who call it home. 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. The Rink illustrates a space transformed and its symbolic representation to those who use it.
Sarah Friedland and Ryan Joseph | 52 min | 2012
Sarah Friedland (Director, Editor, Co-Producer, Writer, Cinematographer) is a NYC based filmmaker whose first feature, Thing With No Name, premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival, screened around the world, and is now currently available on Amazon and iTunes. Friedland has been awarded grants from the Jerome Foundation, the Paul Newman Foundation and the William H. Prusoff Foundation and was named "One of the Top 10 Filmmakers to Watch" in 2009 by Independent Magazine.
Ryan Joseph (Co-Producer, Writer, Cinematographer) was born in Trinidad, West Indies and now resides in Newark, NJ. He is a freelance documentary photographer and is currently pursuing his MFA at Hunter College, Integrated Media Program in New York. He has taught photography at Lehman College and New Media and Web Design in Baltimore, Maryland at a youth program, Kids Scoop. He worked as an Art Instructor with Arts with Heart in Baltimore, Maryland, dedicated to bringing art to at risk youth. His work has been displayed in Aljira, Center for Contemporary Art in Newark, New Jersey, John Hopkins School of Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland and he has been published in The New York Times and Jet Magazine.
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