Documentary Part of Xavier Class

May 25, 2011

On June 3 at 10:00 pm on CET (Digital channel 48.1 or Time Warner Cable channel 13), area viewers will be introduced to some interesting area women.

By day, you know them as a business woman, a dental hygienist, or a bank teller, but by night … well, therein lies the story. The Roller Derby Queens is a documentary profiling everyday women who participate in the rough-and-tough world of roller derby. It follows several veterans and one rookie as they prepare for their first home game in the Cincinnati Gardens on March 27, 2010. It presents basic history of the Cincinnati Rollergirls team, how it evolved and how the sport is played. It focuses on the women as athletes, on their passion for the sport and their friendships.

The documentary was part of a class in Xavier University’s Electronic Media program, and aimed to produce a high-quality video documentary, worthy of presentation to local and national audiences. Assistant Professor Blis Hanousek DeVault produced and directed the documentary and she and Stan Hedeen, Xavier Communications Department Chair, were executive producers. 2010 alumnae Caitlin Clair and Kelly Farrell and students Emily Dumont and Katharine Ryan were assistant producers. Clair also served as Editor and Farrell as Assistant Editor. Director of Photography was 2010 alumnus Lamar “Reggie” Ford who also handled graphics, animation and color correction. 2011 graduate Kevin George managed location sound. Engineering was done by Ringo Jones, studio manager of Xavier’s TV Center.

“The 21st Century has seen a rise in popularity of the documentary,” says DeVault. “They are part of our historical and cultural landscape, and with technology becoming lighter and cheaper more voices and stories are entering the conversation. Students learned the importance of story crafting and the research, skill and patience required to make a production of professional quality. The focus had to be on moving the story and entertaining the audience.”

Established in 2005, Cincinnati Rollergirls became a part of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association in 2007 and in 2010 ranked fourth in the North Central League.