After I moved to Berlin and met Johannes Jacobi, the subject Roskilde Festival had to come up at some point, because Johannes loves this place/festival with all his heart. We talked about it every time we met and it didn’t take long before I thought the same way/he convinced me. Johannes conducts the organization of the rollerblading show at the festival, he picks the riders who are allowed to skate the shows at the festival. As I am not the best rollerblader we had to find a different way to „sneak“ me in. I came up with the idea to make a documentary about the people who skate the rollerblading shows. We checked with the festival staff, mainly Bo Elstrup (thank you Bo!) and they liked the idea, so I got my ticket. (I was really poor at that time, so there was no way I could’ve afforded the costs of the ticket and traveling, let alone beermoney.)
After I thought more about the project and what could be done I didn‘t want the focus to be too rollerblading oriented, I wanted to go in a direction of capturing the feel of the festival and peoples emotions related to it. So in the end I had mostly rollerblading related people in it, but I don‘t show that much contest footage or skating in general. I was highly motivated and started to shoot pre-interviews and all kinds of things, you can see that in the beginning of the documentary. Once I got sucked into the festivals „wastedness“ it became really hard to maintain motivation. (If you look closely you can see what I did when I should have been filming…) But somehow I managed to gather enough good footage to make this little documentary, which, even if I look at it one year later, is one of the best things I got out of my camera and computer so far.
It was supposed to be shown on one of the big screens at last year’s festival, but the management had to pull the plug last minute because of music rights. Too bad, but somehow I agree, even though nobody was making money of it, you have to pay for stuff. Some channel wanted to show it on Portuguese cable tv (like 6 or 7 times in different timeslots, prime time as well) but they didn‘t want to pay me anything so I told them: “no, thanks”. I bet they showed it anyways, how do I know what’s going on on Portuguese television?